Windy conditions increase wildfire risk on the Juneau Ranger District

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

JUNEAU, Alaska, April. 5, 2018 –Tongass National Forest officials are asking that all area residents, campers, hunters, and day users across Juneau District please be cautious with any open fire activities.

“We’re not under any closures,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Tristan Fluharty, “But there are areas on the forest that are drier than normal and people need to use caution during windy conditions, especially where fire is concerned.”

On April 3, 2018, campers had a fire spread from an established fire ring in the Berners Bay area into adjacent vegetation. Embers from the campfire were carried by the wind and ignited a dead tree, which then spread quickly into organic material on the forest floor. In February, a fire broke out from an attempt to burn trash on a windy day, causing a one and a half acre fire near Douglas on private land.

If forest users do have any type of a fire, Forest Service officials ask people not to leave it unattended at any time, and please take the time to put it out completely. For more information on safe campfires in Alaska please view the Safe Campfires brochure

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.



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