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Anchorage Fire Department
Sunday August 18th, 2019 :: 11:17 a.m. AKDT


Extreme Fire Danger and Strong Winds. Burn ban Remains. Exercise Fire Prevention and Call 911 to Report a Fire

Reminder: The Burn Ban is still in effect - Open Fires are PROHIBITED Due to VERY HIGH and EXTREME fire danger and strong, gusty winds today!
Crews and apparatus from AFD, Chugiak Volunteer Fire & Rescue, and JBER Fire & Emergency Services responded last night to the McKinley Fire (#738) near Milepost 91 of the Parks Highway to assist Mat-Su Borough and Division of Forestry fire crews. The crews will be remaining on scene as long as they are needed. AFD has backfilled reserve apparatus with crews to maintain resources within the MOA. For more information about the McKinley Fire, click here:
It cannot be stressed enough the extreme fire danger is still impacting the entire Municipality. The recent warm, sunny weather and winds has dropped the humidity and dried surface fuels into very high and extreme conditions to create dangerous outdoor fire potential. Don’t do anything that could start a fire. This includes things like carelessly discarding a cigarette, outdoor fires, or improperly using a propane tank.

  • Barbecue grills (electric, gas, and charcoal) are allowed today.
  • Enclosed pellet grills (Traeger, etc.) are also allowed.
  • Portable outdoor fireplaces may NOT be used today.
  • Burn permits are no longer available for burning spruce bark beetle slash.
  • Yard debris including leaves, grass and tree limbs cannot be burned and must be disposed of through curbside trash removal or the Solid Waste Service's transfer site or the landfill. Please use the wood lots, when available, for disposing of woody debris. Contact AFD's Forester if you have questions at 267-4902.
The Municipality of Anchorage no longer issues Burn Permits.  As a reminder the following are always prohibited within the Municipality of Anchorage at any time:
  1. The use of burn barrels or burning trash, garbage, construction materials, or other non-cured firewood is prohibited.
  2. Burning of yard debris including leave, grass and tree limbs is prohibited.  All vegetation waste and woody debris must be disposed of through curbside trash removal, the Solid Waste Service's transfer site, primary landfill or the wood lot.
For information about fire prevention and being fire wise, click this link:

Thank you to the community for continuing to be very vigilant and reporting fires. Residents are reporting seeing smoke, smelling smoke, or seeing fire. Always call 911.


Extreme fire danger continues; Burn ban remains; Exercise fire prevention; Call 911 to report a fire.

Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

Alert Details

Severe - Significant threat to life or property
Expected - Responsive action SHOULD be taken soon (within next hour)
Possible (p <= ~50%)
Fire suppression and rescue

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