Happy and Safe 4th of July

Summer is in full swing with birds singing and temperatures rising. And as we approach the 4th, we would like to remind our community to be safe and smart. Remember that the DOF Burn Suspension is still in place for all non-cooking and non-warming fires larger than 3×3 in size, and the sale and use of fireworks is prohibited throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Should you choose to celebrate with a cook out, please keep ample water on hand at all times. Conditions are dry, and you may be surprised to see how readily a fire pit can get out of control. Additionally, the COVID-19 virus is still a reality, so please practice social distancing to the best of your abilities while you enjoy these beautiful sunny days.

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)

Public Closures at KESA

Kachemak Emergency Services has been closed to the public since March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. However, please know that we are still working to serve our community during these uncertain times. Fire and EMS services will continue to be provided as normal. We are functioning under the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, state and borough recommendations, and area hospital provider’s protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. That means that we are still here for you 24/7, we just can’t let you inside to see our super cool fire trucks.

As always, if you have an emergency, please call 911. If you are at the Station with an emergency, please ring the bell at the front door.

We can also be reached at 907-235-9811 for general information; however, with changes in operations we can’t always get to the phone. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause, and know that we are trying our best to return messages in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Burn Suspension Effective May 1, 2020

The Department of Forestry has issued a burn suspension on all Small Scale Burn Permits and Large Scale Burn Permits starting on 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.

This suspension includes: the use of burn barrels, 10’x10′ debris/slash piles, 1 acre mowed lawn burns, and specially permitted Large Scale Burns. Keep in mind that cooking, warming, and signaling fires are not affected by this suspension, but still require the following to be in compliance: must be 3’x3′ in diameter with no bigger than 2′ high flames, water must be on site, 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. Individuals found violating the suspension or burning out of compliance are subject to penalties found on page 16 of the Alaska Wildland Fire Protection Statutes and Regulations Booklet.

Until May 1, Small Scale Burn Permits can be downloaded and printed at this link. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click “Obtain a Small Scale Burn Permit,” and follow the instructions.

Thank you for you efforts through these strange times, and please check the Alaska Department of Forestry for updated burn status.