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Thursday, July 4, 2019

07/03/19 Emergency Fire Order Issued for Fire Restrictions on Portions of Chugach National Forest

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Alicia King 907-231-0172 alicia.king@usda.gov
Twitter: @ChugachForestAK

Emergency Fire Order Issued for Fire Restrictions on Portions of the Chugach National Forest 

Anchorage, AK—July 1, 2019— An emergency fire order has been issued on the Chugach National Forest for the Kenai Peninsula area. Fire restrictions apply to building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire including charcoal on the Chugach National Forest excluding the Nellie Juan/College Fiord Wilderness Study Area and the Cordova Ranger District. The fire order is in effect from July 1, 2019 and will be terminated when fire danger conditions allow.

Exceptions to the emergency order are: building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire in constructed, permanent firepits or fire grates within identified developed recreation sites. The use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼" spark arrester type screen are permitted. 

Identified developed recreation sites include:

Glacier Ranger District

Bertha, Williwaw, Black Bear, and Granite Creek Campgrounds, and Public Recreation Cabins 

Seward Ranger District

Porcupine, Coeur D'Alene, Tenderfoot, Trail River, Primrose, Ptarmigan, Quartz Creek, Crescent Creek, Cooper Creek, and Russian River Campgrounds, and Public Recreation Cabins.

Exceptions Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e) include:

  1. Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.
  2.  Any Federal, State or Local Law Enforcement Officer or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Violations of these Prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months or both. 

Visit 
https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/chugach/home for more information. The fire order can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd640922.pdf

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