Memorial Day Weekend represents the unofficial start of summer in Alaska. It’s the weekend when people start cleaning up their yards, head out for the first camping or boating trip of the summer and break out grills for barbecuing. All those activities can lead to wildfires, which is why Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over the holiday weekend
Tips to keep in mind to stay safe this weekend
• Never leave a fire of any kind unattended for any length of time.
• In areas where open burning is allowed, make sure you have a Division of Forestry burn permit and
follow the safe burning guidelines listed on it. Call your local state forestry office or go online to ensure
burning is allowed on the day you want to burn. (Fairbanks area 907-451-2631) or visit the DNR website.
• Clear areas around campfires down to gravel or mineral soil and keep campfires small and away from
grasses and other vegetation that can catch fire.
• Have tools and water on hand to prevent fires from escaping.
• Make sure campfires are completely extinguished before leaving a campsite by repeatedly drowning
them with water and stirring the coals/ashes until they are cold to the touch.
• Dispose of barbecue ashes or coals in a fireproof container; do not dump them in the woods.
• Call 911 immediately if there is a wildland fire emergency.