A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.
Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.
Bethel fire chief Bill Howell explains what’s allowed and what’s not.
“Fireworks are not going to be allowed, as of today. That doesn’t mean that that could not be changed if we get some significant rain. Charcoal grills, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor fire pits, burn barrels – those things are not allowed right now. What is allowed is propane grills, contained electrical grills and smokers and also smoking fish in a traditional smoke house and also steam baths are still okay to use,” said Howell.
Bethel fire officials are asking residents to cooperate. Howell says officials will be enforcing code during the holiday weekend. If convicted, citation fines for violating the fire and fireworks ban range from $25 to $500 dollars and can include 10 days to six months in jail.
The burn ban and fireworks ban is also in affect in Anchorage.