Bring Reminder of Fire Restrictions
June 22, 2004
"High fire danger may be rare in southeast Alaska, but we're facing it again this spring. In the driest areas, 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."
Officials also noted that fireworks can spark wildfires, and urged everyone celebrating the upcoming Independence Day holiday with fireworks to be extremely careful, and to follow all applicable laws and regulations.
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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