DOF Burn Suspension in Effect

Until further notice, the Department of Forestry has issued a burn suspension on all Small Scale Burn Permits and Large Scale Burn Permits starting today, May 1, 2020. The suspension is in response to the novel COVID-19 virus limiting wildland resources this summer. Please follow this link for more information. Individuals found violating the suspension may face the penalties found on page 16 of the Alaska Wildland Fire Protection Statutes and Regulations Booklet. This suspension includes: the use of burn barrels, 10’x10′ debris/slash piles, 1 acre mowed lawn burns, and specially permitted Large Scale Burns.

Warming, cooking, and signaling fires do not fall under this suspension. Although you do not require a permit for these fires, you are required to abide by the following to be in compliance: must be 3’x3′ in diameter with no bigger than 2′ high flames, water must be on site, and the fire perimeter must be clean to reduce possible spread. Do not burn on windy days, and please do not leave an active fire or warm embers unattended. When extinguishing these fires, they must be cool to the touch before leaving unattended.

Thank you for your understanding, and please check the Alaska Department of Forestry for updated burn status. Also, we would like to commend the number of people that burned responsibly before the suspension… great work! Your efforts keep everyone, including us, safe. Thank you.

KESA assisted heli operations on last summer’s Caribou Lake Fire. (Photo by C Moody)

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