The mission of the Division of Fire and Life Safety is to prevent the loss of life and property from fire and explosion. We are composed of
three Bureau's: Life Safety Inspection; Plan Review; and Training and Education.
2015 Alaska Fire Death Total - 5 (To Date
2014 Alaska Fire Death Total - 12
The State Fire Marshal's Office shares your concern for continuing dry conditions and the hundreds of wildland fires that are burning
across Alaska. The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Alaska Division of Forestry have received several requests to reverse the lifting
of the suspension on sales of fireworks under the current circumstances. The ban on the sales of fireworks is covered under state
administrative codes (13 AAC 50.025 – 3308.11.14) and is directly linked to the Division of Forestry's cancellation of the burn ban
in many parts of the state. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is governed by the amendment language and therefore cannot enforce the ban
on sales and use of fireworks unless the wildfire danger remains “extreme.” According to DOF, recent rain and higher humidity have eased
the fire danger. This is not a hastily made decision, but made with careful scrutiny of weather and fire indices.
Regardless, it is our wish that people consider that the risks associated with using fireworks during this holiday weekend and choose to
celebrate our nation's birthday in other ways.
Local jurisdictions have the right to exercise a higher level of vigilance and continue the ban on fireworks for their area.
Please check your local regulations to see what is allowed. The Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Fairbanks
North Star Borough, and Matanuska Susitna Borough have banned fireworks. Regardless of the conditions, fireworks are not allowed on
state parks lands (11 AAC 12.197) or federal lands in Alaska.
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