Red flag warning prompts burn permit suspension in Alaska's Interior

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the Central Interior of Alaska on Friday. The warning prompted the Alaska Fire Service to suspend burn permits. The warning and suspension was caused by hot, dry conditions and gusty winds across much of the interior.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have led to high fire danger in the Fairbanks Area. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

The suspension bans the use of burn barrels and brush burning. Small campfires under three-feet in diameter with flames under two-feet high are still allowed.

This burn suspension comes shortly after a statewide suspension was lifted on Tuesday. According to fire information officer Tim Mowry, the statewide suspension was put in place due to concerns about how COVID-19 would affect their ability to bring up firefighters from the Lower-48. He said they have since come up with a plan and have lifted the statewide ban.

Mowry added that actions like Friday's suspension will be made on a local level.

"It's up to them on a day by day basis. They evaluate the fire indices, the fire danger, the weather, what resources they have, and then it is sort of up to those individual areas whether they want to issue a burn suspension," Mowry said.

Mowry said that he expects the suspension to last at least until Saturday but possibly longer depending on conditions. He urges anyone wanting to use a burn permit to check before they burn for any suspensions.

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