Take Action Tuesday: Be Fire Wise

June 29, 2016

As we head into the Independence Day weekend, many families will be enjoying campfires, fireworks, and barbecues. Because many wildfires are cause by human activity, take action to stay safe and prevent dangerous fires.

Campfires and warming fires less than 3 feet in diameter do not need burn permits, but you are ultimately responsible for your fire. Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Use existing campfire sites if possible. Campfires and outdoor fireplaces should be at least 15 feet from any structure.
  • Clear away brush, twigs, pine needs, or overhead branches that could catch fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep water nearby.
  • Completely extinguish your fire by dousing it with large amounts of water until it is cool to the touch. Dig up all material down to the permafrost or mineral soil.

For fires larger than campfires, you must apply for a burn permit and check for burn bans in your area. Learn more here about burning in Alaska and get tips to protect your home, including fire prevention landscaping and storage ideas.