• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
56s

Dry conditions create potential for wildfires in Mat-Su

By Hope Miller 5:05 PM January 30, 2014

High winds are forecast before another snowfall, which led to a rare winter wildfire advisory from the Alaska Division of Forestry.

ANCHORAGE – Sunny skies, a chance of wind and no precipitation in the forecast is creating wildfire potential in the Mat-Su Valley, according to state officials.

High winds are forecast before another snowfall, which led to a rare winter wildfire advisory from the Alaska Division of Forestry Thursday.

State officials are urging caution to people burning debris, building campfires or doing anything that could start a wildfire, said Norm McDonald, a fire management officer with the state Division of Forestry.

Many Valley residents do open burning in the winter, McDonald said, which isn’t such an issue when there’s a thick layer of snow on the ground.

Although Division of Forestry burn permits aren’t required this time of year, McDonald said, people should follow safe-burning guidelines, such as refraining from burning if it’s windy. If you do burn, he said, have equipment and water handy and monitor fires until they’re out.

The advisory is in effect until the Valley gets some precipitation.

The conditions are similar to 2012 when there was a fire in the Cedar Hills subdivision in Palmer, McDonald said.

Latest Stories

  • News

    The Latest: Prosecutor says Holmes’ evaluators didn’t agree

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 12:36

    2 p.m. The prosecutor in the Colorado movie theater shooting trial says the experts who examined the gunman couldn’t agree on what mental disorder he has. District Attorney George Brauchler also says James Holmes, a former graduate student in neuroscience, gave them conflicting answers about his motives. Brauchler noted during opening arguments that Holmes told […]

  • News

    A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By Mail

    by Ben Matheson / KYUK on Apr 27, 12:09

    Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. A small team of federal law enforcement agents with the United States Postal Inspection Service is working to keep alcohol out […]

  • News

    Snowmachiner rescued after sustaining serious injuries

    by Hope Miller on Apr 27, 12:08

    A Valdez man snowmachining with a group near Thompson Pass was hospitalized after sustaining serious injuries in a crash Saturday, authorities say. Andrew Doherty, 29, was flown to a hospital in Valdez before being taken to Anchorage for treatment, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. Allie Hendrickson, spokeswoman for the City of […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Senate accepts budget proposal

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 12:06

    The Alaska Senate has voted to accept a budget proposal that, without the support of House Democrats, could leave state government partially funded. The House’s Democratic-led minority has opposed cuts to education included in the budget, as well as the budget’s rejection of negotiated pay raises for labor union contracts for next year, among other […]

  • On-Air

    Teacher of the Week: Brandon Hipsak

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 27, 11:25

    “Keeping it real” with his students is the key to success for Service High School English teacher Brandon Hipsak. “I treat them respectfully. I demand responsibility out of them. I demand effort out of them, and if I don’t get those three components they know they’ll be in trouble and they’ll have to serve something […]

  • DayBreak

    United Way hosts scavenger hunt to support kids in the community

    by Daybreak Staff on Apr 27, 11:09

    Pull a team together and put your thinking caps on — United Way of Anchorage is hosting its first downtown scavenger hunt. It’s all to support programs and special works like 90% by 2020, which helps Anchorage kids succeed. On Monday, Aimee Chauvot, United Way’s grassroots fundraising director, joined Daybreak to explain how the event works. “On […]

  • News

    State Dep’t: 4 Americans dead in Nepal quake, 2 identified

    by CNN / AP on Apr 27, 10:48

      The State Department says at least four Americans have died in Nepal’s earthquake. Spokesman Jeff Rathke says all of the U.S. citizens were killed at the Mt. Everest base camp. He identified two as Thomas Ely Taplin and Vinh B. Truong. The other two haven’t been named yet, either because consular officials haven’t confirmed […]

  • News

    1 million passengers expected on Alaska cruise lines in 2015

    by Associated Press on Apr 27, 10:07

    Alaska is preparing for a strong tourist season, with industry forecasts predicting about 1 million passengers on Alaska cruises. KTOO-FM reports (http://bit.ly/1DtcMa4) that former state lawmaker and current president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska John Binkley expects a 3 percent increase in cruise passengers this year. Binkley also warned that as the cruise industry […]