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Update: The suspension is lifted effective noon on May 28.

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula, including Seward. The burn suspension prohibits all burning requiring a burn permit. This includes the use of burn barrels and the burning of lawns and brush piles.

Warming and cooking less than three feet in diameter are still allowed.

The Department says the ban was issued due to low fuel moistures and high temperatures which makes dry vegetation very susceptible to ignition and fire spread.

Residents are asked to check any previous burn piles for any holdover fire that might exist. Fire can continue to burn underground through duff layers and roots systems for months, only to resurface, and spark a wildfire.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.