Fire danger prompts wood cutting ban

Posted: Wednesday, August 05, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Officials have suspended wood cutting in the Fairbanks area because of the high fire danger.

The closure covers personal use wood cutting and commercial logging and firewood cutting.

Area forester Marc Lee said the suspension is to prevent the accidental start of any new fires from equipment use.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said the closure includes all cutting, hauling and the movement of equipment.

Officials said 477 fires so far this year have burned more than 3,400 square miles in Alaska. The National Weather Service expects hot, dry conditions to remain in the Interior over the new few days.

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