of Fire Restrictions on State and Federal Lands
May 22, 2004
"High fire danger may be rare in southeast Alaska, but we're facing it right now. We're requiring timber sale operators to work only at night and to take other precautions," Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole said. "Everyone needs to remember Smokey Bear's warnings, and be extremely careful with fire."
Campfires are not the only way wildfires are started, noted Alaska Division of Forestry Southern Southeast Area Forester Michael Curran. "People using chain saws and riding all-terrain vehicles should make sure their spark arresters are working properly," he advised. "Even the catalytic converter in the exhaust system of a car or truck can cause a fire if it's parked in heavy, dry vegetation."
Quoting a news release, those
responsible for wildfires may face both criminal and civil penalties.
Fines may reach $5,000 per incident. Both the costs of putting
the fire out and the value of resources destroyed may be collected
under civil codes.
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