Division of Forestry issues burn permit suspension

Burn permits on the Kenai Peninsula have been suspended.

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kenai-Kodiak Area Office issued the suspension Monday due to high fire danger in the area. Debris and brush pile fires, burn barrels and lawns will not be allowed under the suspension. Campfires less than three feet in diameter, commercially made barbecues, smokers, hibachis, camp stoves ad other outdoor cooking and warming devices will still be allowed.

The Division of Forestry will continue to monitor the fuel conditions on the peninsula, but right now the fire danger is high to very high in the area, said Dan Govoni, the fire prevention officer for the Division of Forestry’s Kenai-Kodiak Area Office.

“We’re going to keep assessing (fuels) on a daily basis,” Govoni said. “What we’d need is a good soaking rain to bring our fuel indices down.”

Rain is predicted for the peninsula later in the week, beginning Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. What the managers will look for is rain that permeates the upper canopy of the trees and reaches the ground to wet the grasses, Govoni said.

People often confuse the suspension with a burn ban — they are not the same thing, Govoni said. A ban is a complete prohibition on burning and would come from Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ commissioner’s office, he said.

The City of Kenai also issued a burn permit suspension with the same parameters. The city tries to follow similar restrictions to the Division of Forestry, said City of Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.

“If we get enough rain and it knocks the fire danger down, we’ll lift it,” Tucker said.

For further information on the current burn suspension, call 907-260-4269 or visit alaska.forestry.gov/burn.

Reach Elizabeth Earl at elizabeth.earl@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Two snowmachine-triggered snow slabs are seen below the weather station of Seattle Ridge in Turnagain Pass on Dec. 3, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Chris Flowers and the Chugach Avalanche Center)
Multiple avalanches in Turnagain Pass reported Friday

The center reported Saturday that current avalanche danger was considerable above 1,000 feet and moderate below 1,000 feet.

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
School district changes COVID policy for close contacts

The policy went into effect on Nov. 29

This 2010 photo shows the soon-to-be-replaced Tustumena come into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Saturday the state would be replacing the ferry. The replacement vessel has not yet been named, and a statewide contest will be held to name the new vessel, Dunleavy said. (Homer News File)
State moves ahead with replacement of Tustumena

The state has other plans for updating the marine highway.

A sign urging COVID-19 mitigation measures hangs at a free vaccination clinic at the Y intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling highways, on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Omicron variant spurs travel restrictions locally, nationally

It’s still unclear if the omicron strain is more dangerous than other COVID variants.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Seawatch: Bycatch becomes hot issue

Dunleavy forms bycatch task force.

Junetta Delong browses the shelves at the Soldotna Library Friends’ book and art sale at the Soldotna Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Something for everyone’

Library holds art and book sale fundraiser

Danny Dommek takes photos with Santa at Soldotna Creek Park on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘And to all a good night’

Soldotna celebrates Christmas in the Park

The badge for the Kenai Police Department (Clarion file)
Walmart briefly evacuated after bomb threat

The investigation is ongoing.

The new Homer Police Station, as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. Members of the Homer Police Department officially moved into the building on Thursday. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
K-9 trooper team finds lost girl

A 12-year-old girl, poorly dressed for the elements, ran away from her downtown Homer home.

Most Read