State extends fire season
The Department of Natural Resources has extended Alaska's statutory wildfire season till the end of September. The season, which normally runs from April 1 till August 31, was extended a month due to extreme weather conditions.
Unusually warm and dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska are helping to fuel multiple fires in the area. The McKinley fire burned 51 homes and the Swan Lake fire has been burning for over two and a half months in the Kenai Peninsula.
The extension means that open debris burning and the use of burn barrels will require a burn permit through September 30.
The Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna borough remain under an emergency burn closure.