Fire danger remains high on peninsula

Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2003

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry said Wednesday that wildfire season is not over.

Extended dry weather has led to a high risk of wildfires throughout Southcentral Alas-ka, and high winds forecast for today could contribute to fire danger, according to a press release from the division.

Wildfire dangers have not led to a burn ban, but the division urges people to use care with outdoor fires.

Individuals planning to burn brush or slash are encouraged to wait until high winds are no longer forecast and precipitation lowers fire risks. They also are reminded that burn permits are required until Oct. 1. Permittees must call in prior to burning, and permits are not valid during windy conditions.

Starting Oct. 1, permits no longer will be required, but regulations will require fire breaks around all burn piles, as well as constant supervision and control of the fire.

Hunters and campers also are reminded to use care with campfires. Fires should be built only on dirt, sand or gravel and should be drowned with water and stirred prior to being abandoned.

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