Helpful Tips for Safe Burning During the 2020 Alaska Fire Season
In May, Governor Mike Dunleavy proclaimed May 10-16 as Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week to help reduce the risk of a major wildland fire. This effort urges Alaskans to take responsibility for helping prevent human-caused wildfires this summer.
According to Alaska Wildland Fire Information, over the last 20 years, more than 60 percent of wildfires in Alaska have been human-caused. These fires tend to be close to urban areas, making them the most dangerous.
As Alaska relies heavily on assistance from Lower 48 firefighting personnel to contain wildfires, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions and quarantine requirements could affect help that is available to the state.
We encourage everyone to stay safe and prevent wildfires this summer. Below are some helpful tips for safe burning:
- Locate a safe spot where fire cannot be spread.
- Use already existing campfire sites wherever possible.
- Keep water nearby, just in case.
- Do not leave your campfire unattended.
- Clear away brush that may allow your fire to spread.
- Be aware of overhead branches that could potentially be sparked by the fire.
- Remember to confirm it is safe to burn in your area.
You can find more information and a map of current wildfires at www.blm.gov/programs/fire-and-aviation.
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer!