All Open Fires Prohibited in Kenai Fjords National Park

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Date: May 23, 2014
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Effective immediately, all open fires in Kenai Fjords National Park are prohibited due to high fire danger. This order will be in effect until weather and fire conditions change. The period of this ban will generally correspond to fire ban decisions put in place by the State of Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, but will be managed independently based on the wide geographic range and diversity of available fuels within the park boundaries.

The term “open fires” refers to any flame source not immediately extinguishable or controllable and applies to any form of wood or charcoal-based fire, even in established fire rings. Backpacking and camp stoves using fuel or compressed canisters that can be regulated and shut off are still permitted for use. 

Continued hot, dry and windy weather throughout southwest Alaska has contributed to red flag warnings issued by the National Weather Service and active fire behavior on fires in the area. 

Wildland fire managers ask visitors and residents to follow the fire prohibitions and prevent additional fire starts. We all have a hand in a safe fire season. 

For statewide wildfire information, visit fire.ak.blm.gov or www.akfireinfo.com. For updated park information, visit www.nps.gov/kefj.   

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