Anchorage burn ban still in effect

Casey Grove

A ban on burning in the Anchorage area remains, and barbecue grills are the only flames residents are allowed to spark.

The danger of setting a wildfire this summer has stayed high with hot, dry weather and wind, city fire officials said in a statement Thursday. All burn permits are suspended until further notice, and anyone caught burning is subject to a $75 fine.

Propane, charcoal and electric grills are allowed, the fire department statement said.

"The enforcement of the ban will be strictly enforced," the statement says.

Under Alaska law, anyone found to have lit a fire that spreads and destroys others' property can be sued for twice the cost of the damage.

Illegal fires should be reported to 911 dispatchers, the statement says.

Information on burn restrictions is available at 267-5020 or by visiting