To try and reduce fires in Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage Assembly member Chris Constant has introduced an ordinance this week that prohibits scrap metal dealers from buying or receiving metallic wire that has been intentionally burned in order to remove the insulation.

People have been known to accidentally start fires while burning the insulation off of metallic wire, which they do so they can later sell the metal to scrap dealers.

The ordinance states that sellers must provide written proof that any burned wires they sell were burned legally, like in a house fire.

Dealers are required by the ordinance to keep the seller’s proof and a record of the sale for three years. Dealers who are found violating the new requirements face a $500 fine.

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