August 10, 2003
"High fire danger may be rare in southeast Alaska, but we're facing it right now," Tongass National Forest Supervisor Tom Puchlerz 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 Coastal Region Resource Forester Greg Staunton. "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."
According to the Alaska Division
of Forestry those responsible for wildfires may face both criminal
and civil penalties. Fines could 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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