In a release Friday afternoon, officials with the U.S. Forest Service on the Tongass National Forest are urging Southeast residents and visitors to use caution with fire this weekend.
The National Weather Service is predicting hot and dry conditions in Southeast Alaska through Saturday and Sunday. According to the release, temperatures could be 15 to 20 degrees above normal. Depending on local weather conditions, red flag warnings and fire weather watches may be issued.
A fire watch is issued in advance of a red flag warning. A red flag warning means that weather conditions are ideal for the ignition of wildland fires and for rapid spreading.
"Be careful with all sources of ignition – matches, cigarettes, campfires and burnpiles," the release stated.
Other tips from the USFS include staying with a fire at all times and never leaving it unattended. It's also important to make sure any fire is dead out before you leave it, using a water and shovel. If it's still hot to the touch, it's not quite out.
To see the latest forecast from the National Weather Service for the Juneau area go to http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AKZ025.