The State of Alaska Division of Forestry has issued a total burn ban for the Kenai Peninsula and other areas of the state, responding to dry conditions and a high number of wildfires burning across the state.
“All campfires, even those in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds, are prohibited until further notice,” the division said in a press release. “This includes cooking, warming or signaling fires. The restriction does not apply to charcoal grills, gas grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed canisters.”
More than a hundred wildfires are currently burning around Alaska. The largest is the Swan Lake Fire burning in the central Kenai Peninsula. To date, over 800,000 acres have burned in Alaska this season, according to the Division of Forestry.
“Given the number and size of wildfires currently burning in the state, Alaska’s fire managers ask residents and visitors to adhere to the restriction on campfires to help prevent any additional human- caused wildfires in the state,” the division wrote in the press release. “Firefighting resources are stretched extremely thin, and any new fires will put a further strain on the limited resources currently available to respond to new wildfire.”
The ban applies throughout the Kenai Peninsula as well as in the Copper River Valley, Denali Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Municipality of Anchorage and Tanana Valley.