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Spruce Bark Beetle Kill 
Burn Permit

Anchorage Fire Department
Wildfire Mitigation Office
PO Box 196650 • Anchorage, AK • 99519
Phone 907.267.4980 • Fax 907.243.1654

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This Anchorage Fire Department Residential Spruce Bark Beetle Kill Burn Permit  Number 3692 was issued to Fred Vreeman on 7/1/2008 and allows Fred Vreeman to conduct a burn at this site address: 15830 ALTA CT - Lot 8 Block 1 Rabbit Creek Hgts, Anchorage, Alaska, 99516 in accordance with the Safe Residential Burning Terms and Conditions listed below. 

This Burn Permit is only valid at the address above from:
 9 am 7/1/2008 to 9 pm 09/29/2008. 

Fred Vreeman reported the nearest reported Fire Station as Fire Station 10 - Top of Rabbit Creek Road and the nearest intersection as Alta and Hazel.


By applying for this Spruce Bark Beetle Kill Burn Permit Fred Vreeman agrees:

that only dry spruce beetle killed wood will be burned
to call 911 if this fire gets out of control
that failure to follow these standards may result in revocation of burning privileges
that s/he is responsible for this fire and s/he is liable if it gets out of control.
to be valid this Burn Permit must be signed by the Applicant on the last page
to observe and apply all of the Safe Residential Burning Terms and Conditions listed below
7 on the day of the burn, the Applicant will check the AFD burn update information online at or call 267-5020 before they initiate any burn to make sure that the day of their burn is designated as an authorized burn day

Safe Residential Burning Terms and Conditions 
Fred Vreeman agrees to abide by these terms and conditions. Updated June 1, 2008.

I. Planning to burn.

  • Residents intending to burn small quantities of spruce beetle killed brush and trees must obtain a residential burn permit. Permits are available online at or by calling 267-5020.
  • The Permit must be displayed on site during any burn.
  • Residents intending to burn must comply with the daily burn approval notice recorded at 267-5020 or posted online at Daily burn approval is dependent upon air quality, smoke dispersal, fire weather index, wind and regional fire activity.
  • Burning is allowed between the hours of 9:00 am and 9:00 pm AST unless air quality parameters postpone burning until 12:00 noon.

II. Prepare the burn area.

  • Burn pile must be located at least 50 feet from any structure, power poles, vehicles, trees, brush and dead grass. No overhead obstructions such as power lines or overhanging branches. Clear away flammable liquids and their containers, trash piles and other debris piles from the burn area.
  • Burn pile maximum size is limited to 6 feet wide by 6 feet long by 3 feet high.
  • Clear flammable and combustible material away from all structures before igniting your pile.
  • Burn pile must be established on mineral soil (dirt or gravel, not peat) with a minimum of 5 feet of cleared area around the pile as a containment ring. Remove all grass, other vegetation and materials out of this cleared area.
  • Only one burn pile may be burned at a time.
  • A working telephone or cellular phone that answers to the phone number provided as the "OnSite Contact Number" on the Burn Permit Application must be available and working at the burn site.
  • A charged water hose is required; it must reach 20 feet beyond the burn pile.
  • A shovel, rake, Pulaski or hoe must be provided for each adult in attendance.
  • One responsible and able bodied adult over the age of 18 must attend the fire at all times. An able bodied adult is physically and mentally capable of acting quickly to attempt to stop fire in case of escape. Must be able to use tools and in good enough physical condition to withstand 10-15 minutes of strenuous activity. Must be wearing protective clothing such as sturdy shoes or boots, long pants, gloves, long sleeved shirt. Must not be intoxicated.
  • Fire must be extinguished immediately if wind speeds exceed 15 mph. If it becomes necessary to extinguish your fire, be sure to stir the ashes repeatedly with a shovel, thoroughly saturating with water until completely cooled.

III. Items Required to be Onsite for the Burn

  • Phone
  • Shovel, rake, Pulaski or hoe 
  • Extra Fire extinguisher (all vehicles)
  • First aid kits
  • Breathing mask or respirator (suggested)
  • Goggles or safety glasses
  • Safety clothing: long pants, long sleeved shirt, boots and gloves
  • Charged water hose
  • Learn more about common forestry tools here

IV. Materials allowed for burning.

  • Only dry spruce beetle killed wood may be burned: spruce trees and limbs killed by the spruce bark beetle. Material must be dry enough to burn readily with minimum smoke. Residents are discouraged from burning wet material since excessive smoke is likely and may affect neighbors with asthmatic conditions.
  • It is a violation of Municipal Code to burn garbage, lumber, construction material, trash, plastics, glue, petroleum saturated or painted materials at any time.

V. Recreational and Cooking Fires

  • Absolutely no garbage, lumber or construction debris may be burned at any time.
  • An open recreational or cooking fire does not require a permit if it is contained within an area or pit less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height. These fires must be located in a cleared area at least 25 feet from any structure, power poles, vehicles, trees, brush and dead grass. This includes barbeque pits. These fires must comply with the daily burn approval notice recorded at 267-5020 or at
  • Recreational fires contained within an approved outdoor fireplace or barbeque grill does not require a permit if it has a total area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height. It must be situated 15 feet or more from a structure. These devices are required to have a spark arrestor, chimney stack or screen over the top. The unit must be elevated off the ground at least 12 inches. These contained fires are allowed if burning is not approved for open fires at 267-5020. Exception: Municipal burn bans prohibit all fires, contained and open.
  • Barbeque grills (charcoal & propane):
    1. are allowed for use and storage on the deck of one and two family homes;
    2. for triplex’s and above,
      • the grill itself can be stored on the deck, but the propane cannot;
      • the grill cannot be used on the deck unless the building and the deck are sprinklered;
      • if not sprinklered, grill use must be on a non-combustible surface and 10 feet away from any combustible building;
      • the use of contained barbeque grills is not dependent upon burn day approval.
  • A proposed recreational or ceremonial fire that exceeds 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height and does not follow all of the requirements for the residential burn permit requires an inspection.
    • Call Fire Prevention at 267-4900.
    • Permit and inspection fees apply.
    • Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • A proposed recreational or ceremonial fire that exceeds 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height and is smaller than 6 feet in diameter may be eligible for a residential burn permit if it follows all of the safe burning standards listed above.
  • Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions is prohibited by Fire code. When burning any type of fire, be a good neighbor and consider how your fire affects your neighbors. 

Your Spruce Bark Beetle Kill Burn Permit  has been approved. To print this Permit, click the Print Form button on the bottom of this permit and then use your browsers Print function. Please call Wildfire at 267-4980 with any questions.

Thank you Fred Vreeman for applying for an Anchorage Fire Department Burn Permit online and for abiding by the Safe Burning Terms and Conditions!


For this permit to be valid, Fred Vreeman must sign and date below.

Signed by _____________________________________________________
                             Fred Vreeman     Date Signed


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