The Division of Forestry has sent out an emergency burn closure starting Wednesday morning for most of Southcentral Alaska due to extreme wildfire danger and activity in the region.

According to an update posted on AK Fire Info, the division has limited resources to respond to new fires and are prohibiting all burning, including campfires and charcoal grills. 

"Devices that can be turned on and off, such as gas and pellet grills and backpacking or camp stoves that use fuel or compressed fuel canisters, will still be allowed," DOF said. "The closure includes campfires in established fire pits or rings in designated campgrounds."

DOF says the recent warm and dry conditions have created increased fire danger throughout Southcentral resulting in several new wildfires, including the Deshka Landing and McKinley Fires in the Mat-Su and Caribou Lake and North Fork Fires on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Swan Lake Fire, which began in June and has burned more than 130,000 acres, has seen more activity since crews began completing work at the end of July.

Forestry says the burn closure will remain along with fire restrictions instituted by the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su boroughs. Fire managers are reminding Alaskans and tourists on the peninsula and in the Mat-Su to follow burn closure instructions to help prevent any new human-caused wildfires.

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