For Immediate Release: June 14, 2021
Burn Suspension for the Kenai Peninsula
(Kenai Peninsula, AK) – The Kenai Peninsula will begin a burn permit suspension beginning June 14, 2021, at 8:00 am. The burn-suspension will prohibit all burning requiring a permit, both large and small scale. This includes the use of burn barrels and burning of brush piles.
Due to lack of precipitation, low fuel moistures and high temperatures, much of the Kenai Peninsula’s vegetation is forecasted to be in a drying trend, creating conditions highly susceptible to wildland fire.
We request the public to check previous areas of burned debris piles for “holdovers,” to ensure no heat remains. Fire can continue to burn underground through duff layers and roots systems for months, only to resurface, and spark a wildfire.
Small campfires less than 3 feet in diameter are still permitted and must be in a location with a sufficient fuel break, water nearby, and in attendance until full extinguishment.
The burn suspension is only in effect for the Kenai Peninsula and does not include Kodiak Island.
CONTACT: Soldotna Forestry, 907-260-4200
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