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It’s Independence Day and fire danger in Anchorage and across Southcentral Alaska is very high. What you need to know.

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 3
  • Published July 3

A brush fire burns in East Anchorage Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Fire danger remains very high across much of Southcentral Alaska this July 4. Some things to keep in mind:

Burn bans: No outdoor fires are allowed in Anchorage except barbecue grills and pellet grills. That means no bonfires, campfires, open flame cooking fires, outdoor fireplaces or yard debris burning. Open fires and burn barrels are also banned in the Mat-Su Borough, which has suspended burn permits through July 5.

Fires in Chugach State Park are limited to propane stoves and charcoal cooking grills. In Chugach National Forest, all fires including charcoal stoves are prohibited, except in the Nellie Juan/College Fiord Wilderness Study Area and the Cordova Ranger District.

No fireworks: Personal fireworks are illegal in Anchorage and using them carries a $300 penalty. The Anchorage Police Department will add extra officers to its nighttime patrols on the Fourth to enforce fireworks restrictions. Outside of Anchorage, the state Fire Marshal has suspended the use and sale of fireworks throughout much of the state, including the Mat-Su Borough and Kenai Peninsula.

Fireworks shows: Fourth of July fireworks shows at both Mulcahy Stadium and Eagle River are canceled because of fire danger. Wasilla’s fireworks show is also canceled.


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