Alaska News

Friday, July 13, 2018

Capital City Fire & Rescue may receive additional staff members

The city’s fire department is short on staff and may get the help it needs. The City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole moved forward a motion via a 6-1 vote, with Mayor Ken Koelsch casting the lone dissenting vote, to draft an ordinance that could detail adding anywhere between four to six staff members on the Capital City and Fire Rescue crew during its meeting Wednesday at Assembly Chambers. CCFR Fire Chief Rich Etheridge said this is the first step in the right direction. “We really appreciate the support of the Assembly,” Etheridge said after the meeting Wednesday. “We do need staffing. Obviously, the more staffing for the department, the better.”
Juneau Empire

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Anchorage burn ban eased amid cool and rainy weather

Anchorage fire officials lifted a municipal burn ban Wednesday as soaking rains and cool weather reduced fire danger. The wildfire danger has dropped into the low-to-moderate range, according to an Anchorage Fire Department statement Wednesday. The fire department website has updated information about burning. The changed policy still allows only outside recreational burning, according to the fire department. Burn permits are no longer available for burning spruce bark beetle slash, according to the municipal fire mitigation website. Yard debris including leaves, grass and tree limbs cannot be burned and must be disposed of through curbside trash removal, the solid waste service transfer site or the landfill. Record heat prompted fire officials to implement the ban July 3.
Alaska Dispatch News

Playground fire at Mountain View school draws arson investigation

Anchorage fire crews doused a suspicious fire Tuesday night at the playground of Mountain View Elementary School. The fire was reported just after 7 p.m., according to Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Erich Scheunemann. Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim said police are assisting with what Thim called an arson investigation. The fire was under control 10 minutes after it was reported and was isolated to a 30-by-30-foot area of rubber playground mulch and equipment, Scheunemann said. The cause is under investigation. The blaze marked the second time this summer a suspicious fire has destroyed playground equipment at an Anchorage school. A fire last month destroyed playground equipment at Gladys Wood Elementary School in West Anchorage.
Alaska Dispatch News

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