City of Seward Burn Suspension

City LogoFrom Seward Fire Department Fire Chief Eddie Athey,

Effective 6 a.m. 24 May 2014: ALL OPEN BURNING within the City Limits of the City of Seward is suspended due to extremely high fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, this ban on open burning in in conjunction with the open burning suspension imposed by the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources on all State Forestry, Reserve and Park Lands as well as within the Chugach National Forest as follows:

Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula – ALL BURNING IS PROHIBITED

Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry and smoky conditions on the Kenai Peninsula. The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which unduly increase the fire danger.

Effective immediately  and continuing until further notice all cooking, warming, signaling fires or any type of fire (specifically covered under the burning permit regulations 11 AAC 95.400 – 11 AAC 95.490 and 11 AAC 95.900) are prohibited on Federal, State, private and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units 7 and 15. This includes the entire Kenai Peninsula.  Also included are the Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  The term “open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Gas grills, backpacking or camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters which can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use.  Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts. We all have a hand in a safe fire season.

Failure to obey this order shall constitute grounds for prosecution pursuant to AS 41.15.140



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Map of Game Management Units can be found at:  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/hunting/maps/gmumaps/jpg/ak_simple_950.jpg

 

CONTACT:  Sam Harrel, Information Officer, (907)356-5511sam.harrel@alaska.gov

 

This suspension shall remain in effective until further notice.  Thank You for your cooperation.

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