Man arrested after starting new East Anchorage wildfire
A man has been arrested after police say he started a small wildfire in East Anchorage on Friday morning.
Officers with the Anchorage Police Department noticed smoke and flames coming from a wooded area near the intersection of Elmore Road and East Tudor Road just after 8 a.m., a release from the department said.
The officers notified the Anchorage Fire Department in addition to a wildfire crew that was nearby. According to the release, the crew was already in the general area working on the MLK Jr. Fire. Firefighters were then able to locate, contain and put out the fire.
Even though the fire started near the MLK Jr. fire, police say the two are not related. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
APD officers later found the man they say started the fire: 50-year-old Kevin Slats. He was remanded to the Anchorage jail and faces multiple charges including criminal negligent burning, failure to report a wildfire and reckless endangerment.
"This serves as an important reminder that everyone must abide the burn bans throughout the municipality of Anchorage," the release said. "Do not put yourself, your neighbors, and fellow community members in danger. The current conditions are extreme and pose a major fire risk."
Under the burn ban, outdoor fires are prohibited. Police say this includes:
• Open flame cooking fires (except barbecues)
• Outdoor fireplaces (portable, fixed and built-in)
• Grass or yard debris burning
• Any other heat source with the potential to start a grass or wildland fire
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