Several campfire restrictions lifted in the northern half of the state

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 7:07 PM AKDT
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The cooler, wetter weather has eased fire danger in some parts of the state, allowing the Division of Forestry to lift some campfire closures, while many still remain in place.

Campire closures have been lifted in the Denali Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Tanana Valley including Delta, Nenana, Northway, Tanacross, Tok and surrounding communities.

Campfire restrictions remain in effect for the Copper River Valley, including Glenallen south to Valdez, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The Division of Forestry says even though the campfire closure has been lifted in the northern half of the state, people using camp, warming or cooking fires still need to be vigilant to ensure they are burning safely.

As of Saturday, there were 173 active wildfires burning in Alaska and more than 2,100 firefighting personnel were working to contain them, according to the DNR.

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