City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

Wildland / Grass Fire Awareness

Although most Juneau residents may not think of wildfires being a threat in Southeast Alaska, they do exist. Each year Capital City Fire/Rescue responds to wildland and grass fires in the Juneau City & Borough. Within the last couple weeks there have been several reported grass and brush fires. A fire danger exists during our Juneau spring weather when dry vegetation such as grasses and brush are combined with lower humidity and light breezes. Until vegetation begins to “green up”, last year’s growth and dead grasses are easily ignitable and prone to burn. In order to keep the chance of a grass or wildland fire to a minimum, we advise residents to take precautions that eliminate the potential of fire spread. For residents that have a burn permit, make sure that the rules regarding open fires are being obeyed. These include having a means of extinguishing the fire. A person is responsible for their fire and the conditions it creates. Use caution with weed burners and similar devices. Drown all fires – this means to stay with outside fires until they are completely safe and dead out. Disposing of wood ashes or charcoal in a metal bucket, soaking them with water before dumping them. Obey local laws regarding open fires, including campfires; Keep all flammable objects away from fire; Extinguish smoking materials with caution.

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