Due to substantial rainfall on the Kenai Peninsula, officials have lifted the burn ban on open fires on federal, state and private lands.
Effective as of Thursday, this includes all lands south of Hope and Portage managed by the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Kenai Fjords National Park.
However, burn permits are still required in specific areas through Sept. 30. Call the Kenai-Kodiak office of the Division of Forestry at 260-4222 or an area fire department for more information on burn permits.
Fires must be located on and surrounded by mineral soil that is free from materials that will carry fire.
The state cautions that it responds to many wildland fires during cloudy periods of moderate fire danger. Therefore, fires must be extinguished completely with water and tools. Weather should not be relied upon to put the fire out.
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