Recreate responsibly while enjoying Alaska’s National Forests

Release Date: May 26, 2021

Contact(s): Erica Keene

JUNEAU, Alaska – May 26, 2021 – Visitors to Alaska’s National Forests this holiday weekend should anticipate heavier than normal traffic on forest roads, trails, and in campgrounds. So, a good message for those planning to enjoy the Tongass or Chugach National Forests is to practice responsible recreation habits and campfire safety while exploring.

Follow these key tips while out and about:

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
  • Be bear aware. Make noise, travel in groups, never run from a bear. When camping, never keep food inside your tent.
  • Pack out trash and take it home. Trash can be harmful to wildlife.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Use these tips to ensure campfires don’t turn into wildfires:
  • Find a place clear of burnable fuels such as overhanging branches, dry grass, leaves,
  • Campfires should always be built in an established fire pit or within a metal or rock-ring.
  • Drown all embers with a lot of water. When you are ready to leave, stir the coals and the drown them again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out.
  • Consider alternatives to a campfire, such as a portable camp stove.

For more information on campfire safety, review Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety Guide at: To report a wildland fire in Alaska call 1-800-237-3633. For a wealth of information about the Alaska Region, visit our media toolkit at:



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Key Contacts

Regional Public Affairs

Jackie Chandler
Director, Public Affairs
(907) 586-8803

Erica Keene
Media Relations Specialist
(907) 586-8892

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Alan Brown
Public Affairs Officer
(907) 743-9444
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Paul Robbins
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 228-6201
Tongass National Forest webpage