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Dry weather conditions create risk of fire
by David Hull and Mark Malone


April 29, 2005

To all residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough,

Word has just arrived from Stan McCoy, Fire Management Officer with the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District that a red flag weather warning was issued Wednesday for Northern Southeast Alaska because of the dry conditions and winds.

jpg North Tongass Fire Department

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
Photo by Chief David Hull

Today is likely to be Ketchikan's turn. Your local fire department would like to inform all residents of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough of the dry conditions and to request residents to not burn anything outdoors if they don't have to until weather conditions change. Relative humidity is very low and the winds will continue through today. If a fire starts as a result of residents burning trash a major fire could develop quickly and be devastating to the area.

Please keep your fingers crossed that we have no wildfire calls to answer. You local fire departments stand ready to respond to any emergency, but the best way to fight the destructive nature of a wildfire, or any fire for that matter is to prevent it from starting in the first place.

Thank you for your help,

David Hull, Chief
North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department

Mark Malone, Chief
South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department



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