Alaska Division of Forestry initiates burn permit suspension in Fairbanks area

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:19 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Division of Forestry has initiated a burn permit suspension across the Fairbanks area.

According to Tim Mowry, Statewide Public Information Officer, Alaska Division of Forestry Wildland Fire Program, the order was initiated Tuesday at 9 a.m. due to potential increased wildfire dangers, “and what that means is all small and large scale permitted burning is suspended due to high wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources. That means basically no brush or debris burning, no use of burn barrels. You can still have a small campfire three feet in diameter or less. We really discourage that given these conditions. If you are going to have any kind of campfire you need to have water and tools nearby to deal with it and just make sure that it’s fully extinguished before you leave it.”

The order currently is expected to stay in effect through Friday, June 25th and a large reason for the concern is due to increased temperatures predicted for the week.

“We’re looking at being in the 80°s again today and over the next few days, and there’s always a Chinook weather event forecast to come through the Interior that’s going to bring some really high winds. They’re talking gusts of 60 to 70 miles an hour through the Alaska Range passes - you know Delta Junction, Healy, those kinds of areas. With that kind of heat, and low relative humidity, and wind, that really dries things out really really quickly. So we’re being cautious of the forecasted predictions,” Mowry commented.

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