Fire prohibition for the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai

Chugach National Forest Emergency Order for Fire Restrictions, Kenai Peninsula, Glacier and Seward Districts.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The fire danger remains very high to extreme around parts of Southcentral. The Chugach National Forest has issued a temporary fire prohibition for the Kenai Peninsula area of the forest.

On the map above, everything under the red hash marks is under the emergency order for fire prohibitions.

This means in those areas you may not build, maintain, attend or use a fire, campfire or stove fire and this includes charcoal.

Also prohibited are the operation of an internal combustion engine and welding, "or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame" in the Chugach National Forest.

The exceptions to the emergency order include "the use of internal combustion engines on a roadway and/or the use of portable stoves or lanterns that have a dedicated on/off controller or switch that utilize gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel."

The order was put into place today and Chugach National Forest officials say it will be lifted when the fire danger conditions allow.

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