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State campfire closure lifted as of July 18
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, July 18, the Alaska Division of Forestry has rescinded a campfire closure on state, private and municipal lands in Southcentral Alaska. Campfires under three feet in diameter are now allowed in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Copper River Basin and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. While campfires will be allowed in designated fire pits and rings in state campgrounds within the Municipality of Anchorage, the Municipality is retaining its ban on outdoor fires within the rest of the Municipality. Likewise, while campfire closures are being lifted on state, municipal and private lands, campfire restrictions on some federal lands are being retained. The public needs to check with the appropriate federal agency to determine whether fire restrictions are in place on any specific federal land.
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That’s what Neil Johannsen, the longest-serving director of Alaska State Parks, calls the state agency that started out simply—the result of the dreams of a few hardy individuals—and now oversees more than 159 park units from Alaska’s far north to the tips of Southeast. Alaska’s park system encompasses some three-million acres of land and water; by far the most acreage of any state park system in the country.

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State campfire closure in Southcentral Alaska to end Thursday

July 17, 2019 (Anchorage, AK) – With wildfire danger moderating as a result of cooler, moister weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry will end campfire closures on state, private and municipal lands in Southcentral Alaska, effective 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 18...

More News:

  • 7/9/19 Parks, Forestry extend ban on campfires in Interior, Southcentral

  • 4/9/19 Two state campgrounds closed due to bark beetle-infested trees

  • 4/8/19 Alaska State Parks to refocus Recreational Trails Program funds


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Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
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