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Burn suspensions take effect starting today

Alaska has begun a near statewide ban on burn permits. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
Alaska has begun a near statewide ban on burn permits. (John Dougherty/KTVF)(KTVF)
Published: May. 1, 2020 at 5:04 PM AKDT
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A nearly statewide burn suspension took effect Friday.

According Tim Mowry, public information officer with the Alaska Department of Forestry, the suspension applies to all fires that require a burn permit, including burn barrels, lawns and debris piles. Campfires under three feet in diameter are still allowed.

The reason for the early suspension is caution surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Mowry says they want reduce the chance for human caused fires as they navigate the changing conditions with firefighting.

"There is a lot of uncertainty still about what resources we can bring up from the lower 48, and what that process is going to involve. Because of this uncertainty about resource availability we are trying to do everything we can to reduce responses for our firefighters."

The ban does not apply to southeast Alaska because of their unique environment and weather patterns. Mowry said they don't have a set date on when the suspension may be lifted.

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