BLM issues fire restriction north of Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Bureau of Land Management has issued a fire restriction for an area of federal land off of Gilmore Trail. The Fire Prevention Order prohibits campfires, explosives and fireworks in the fire-prone area of black spruce.

According to a press release from BLM, this is the fourth year in a row they have issued an order in this area.

Firefighters and law enforcement have found numerous unattended bonfires in the area in recent years raising concerns that a fire could threaten local residence or the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility. Anyone caught violating the order could face a 1000 dollar fine, a year in jail and be responsible for any costs in fighting the fire.

Mitch Flynn, Fire Chief at the Steese Fire Department, said if you are going to burn during the summer to make sure you have a burn permit.

"So you want to follow all the instruction given on your burn permit. Make sure you have adequate water supply for the type of fire you are doing all the tools, shovels, rakes at hand," Flynn said.

Burn permits are available on the forestry website.

The restriction is in effect until October 31.