Suspension of campfires, burn barrels, open burning, and fireworks sale/use in Valdez

PUBLIC NOTICE

Suspension of campfires, burn barrels, open burning, and fireworks sale/use in Valdez

SoA DNR July 9, 2019 – Due to extreme fire danger, current wildfire activity around the state, and limited resources available to respond to new wildfire starts, the Alaska Division of Forestry is restricting all campfires on state, private and municipal lands in the Valdez area effectively immediately.

All campfires, even those in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds, are prohibited until further notice. This includes cooking, warming or signaling fires. The restriction does NOT apply to charcoal grills, gas grills, and backpacking/camp stove that use fuel or compressed canisters.

Temporary suspension of use of burn barrels, open burning, and fireworks sale/use remains in effect.


Fireworks Use and Sales Suspended Over Much of the State
Decision based on hot, dry weather and “high to very high fire danger”

June 27, 2019 (ANCHORAGE) – The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in cooperation with the Alaska Department
of Natural Resources / Division of Forestry, is implementing an immediate suspension on the sale and use of fireworks
across much of Alaska. Made in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, the suspension will
remain in effect until further notice and includes the following areas:
• Fairbanks North Star Borough
• Kenai Peninsula Borough
• Matanuska-Susitna Borough
• Kodiak Borough
• Copper River Valley, including Glennallen south to Valdez
• Western Alaska, including McGrath and points west
• Tanana Valley north of the Alaska Range
• Northern Panhandle, including Haines in the north, Skagway, and Juneau to the south

In its request to the State Fire Marshal for the suspension, the State Forester’s Office cited “high to very high fire danger
across most of the state, expected dry and hot weather, 90-degree highs possible … with a shortage of firefighting
resources in the state.”

According to the Division of Forestry, 102 uncontained fires are burning in Alaska with a total of 273,551 acres burned.
Two notably large fires under management of Alaska Type 2 Incident Management teams include the Swan Lake fire
on the Kenai Peninsula, staffed with 511 personnel, and the Shovel Creek fire outside of Fairbanks currently staffed at
245.

The Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG) is the interagency management entity that allocates statewide
resources as fire activity and resource shortages occur. Fire activity is at a Planning Level IV and the AWFCG has
stood up a Multi-Agency Coordinating Group in preparation for a significant increase in fire activity statewide.

For wildfire updates and fire safety information, visit:
akfireinfo.com
forestry.alaska.gov/Assets/pdfs/home/firewise09.pdf
forestry.alaska.gov/Assets/pdfs/fire/assignments/2016%20Alaska%20Wildland%20Fire%20Guide.pdf

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Ken Marsh at ken.marsh@alaska.gov or phone (907)
269-5654.