Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says even though state officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on the sale of fireworks in much of Alaska, they won’t be sold here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and their use remains illegal.
State officials lifted bans today on open burning and use of fireworks for most of Alaska. They cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.
A fire fighting crew that includes a group of military veterans arrived in Fairbanks Friday afternoon. BLM Alaska Fire Service spokesman Ken Frederick says the Type 2 hand crew includes veterans trained through a group called Team Rubicon.
The Sockeye Fire caused evacuation of hundreds of sled dogs from Willow area kennels earlier this month, and now new fires have forced movement of huskies from a remote kennel north of Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.
Smoke is spreading over a large area of the state, as wildfire activity grows. There were 56 new wildfires Monday statewide, and 238 active, mostly in interior and southwest Alaska. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.
One of four Fairbanks men fighting for exoneration from murder convictions was paroled last week. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Alaska Native community gathered in Fairbanks over the weekend to welcome home Marvin Roberts.