by Diana Haecker ~ June 4th, 2010
The Division of Forestry has lifted the burn suspension for the Mat-Su area on Friday morning. Rain and relatively high humidity provide a little bit of relief from fire danger. Residents are allowed to resume open burning with a permit and in burn barrels.The forestry division cautions that drier weather is forecasted and the burn suspension may be reinstated. Before burning call 761-6312 for fire weather information and to make sure that burning is approved for the day.
On Friday, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reports that five new fires started since Thursday across the state. Three of them were human caused. The Toklat fire and the Jeannes fire have joined and now cover more than one-hundred-thirty-thousand acres. 667 fire fighters are still fighting the Eagle Trail fire near Tok and the Gilles Creek fire near Delta has 465 personnel dispatched to fight the flames.
The human-caused fire near Eklutna is staffed with 117 personnel and work is progressing slowly. The fire is 20 percent contained.
Matt Weaver with the forestry division cautions that the use of an approved burn barrel does not relieve the individual of responsibility should the fire escape and that citations can be issued for negligent burning.