State suspends burn permits for Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- The Alaska Division of Forestry is suspending burn permits throughout the Kenai Peninsula because warm, dry weather is boosting the danger of wildfires.

Sharon Roesch, Division of Forestry fire prevention officer in Soldotna, said fire danger is high to extreme.

Roesch said fine fuels such as dead grass and the twigs in beetle-killed spruce trees are extremely dry.

Since Sunday, the Division of Forestry had responded to at least five small fires on the Kenai Peninsula and one at Beluga in western Cook Inlet.

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