Kenai-Kodiak looks to recoup firefighting costs

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- The forestry division of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is looking to recoup the costs from individuals for nine fires this year in the Kenai-Kodiak area.

The forestry office in the Kenai-Kodiak area is seeking to recover $55,477 in fire suppression costs. Most of the fires were in the Anchor Point and Homer areas.

Dry grass in areas that had been cleared of spruce bark beetle killed trees contributed to the spread of those fires, officials said.

More than half of the 51 wildfires in the Kenai-Kodiak area were caused by escaped controlled burns. Ten percent were caused by campfires. And 2 percent were caused by children with matches, said Sharon Roesch, fire prevention officer.

Other fires were caused by lightning, power lines and vehicles.

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