Burn ban issued
Anchorage Municipal Forester John See has issued a municipal-wide burn ban effective at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.
The ban is due to a recent run of hot, dry weather, according to a press release issued by the Anchorage Fire Department. The only exceptions to the ban are covered gas, electric and charcoal barbecue grills and fish smokers. Fines are $75 per instance.
Here's the complete press release:
Due to the prolonged warm, dry weather conditions, the Anchorage Fire Chief announced a Municipal-wide ban on all open burning, effective at 6 PM Alaska Daylight Savings Time on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Unusually persistent warm and dry weather conditions and minimal precipitation have rendered the vegetation in south central Alaska at very high to extreme fire danger levels. All permitted burns, use of outdoor fires and portable fireplaces have been banned until further notice.
The ONLY exceptions to this ban are covered gas, electric and charcoal barbecue grills and fish smokers. Fire officials are requesting that the public cooperate by adhering to the ban and postponing any outdoor fires until conditions moderate. Fines of $75 per occurrence will be assessed for violators who ignore the ban.
Weather forecasters are predicting the unusually dry pattern to persist through most of the week. “It has been a number of years since Alaskans have seen this level of fire danger for this length of time”, noted Deputy Operations Chief, James Vignola.
Please contact our forester, John See, at 267-4902 if you have any questions about the burn ban restrictions and report all new fires immediately by calling 911.