The South Anchorage woodlot has re-opened at the snow dump on 100th Avenue and C Street.
The Anchorage Fire Department is using the opening to remind landowners about the importance of reducing the debris on their properties.
“Clean their lots, especially dead brush, and get it out as quickly as they can — it’s going to contribute to a fire hazard in their yards and also affect their neighbors,” said John See, AFD forester.
The site near the South Anchorage Sports Park is now closed. If you dump debris at the lot, there will be penalties.
“For people who continue using the old woodlot we will be issuing fine. They are quite large; they can be up to $1,000 for people who are illegally dumping,” See said.
The new site is bigger and will allow more people to drop off their debris at the same time and for the wood chips to be stored.
AFD says bringing debris and dead trees to the woodlot is a safe alternative to burning — which is illegal in most cases unless you have a permit.
Alaska Hydro-Ax is running the lot and they charge $15 for a pickup truck load of woody debris.