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High Fire Danger for Ketchikan; No Burn Permits, Open Burning Discouraged



July 30, 2018
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - In a joint release Friday from the Ketchikan Area Fire Chiefs, including North Tongass Fire Department, South Tongass Fire Department, and Ketchikan Fire Department.  Due to the recent run of warm weather with no precipitation, effective immediately and until further notice no burn permits will be issued and open burning of any kind is highly discouraged. 

The forecast from the National Weather Service in Juneau continues to call for warm temperatures, lower humidity, and no measurable precipitation until at least Friday August 3rd in addition winds in the 10 to 20 mph range has been in the forcast.  The combination of these weather factors may push the fire danger into the "very high" range and provide an environment where fire has the potential to spread rapidly. 




Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews




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