The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is implementing an immediate suspension on the use of personal fireworks across much of Alaska. The suspension will remain in effect until further notice and includes the following areas:

— Kenai Peninsula Borough

— Matanuska-Susitna Borough

— Denali Borough

— Fairbanks NorthStar Borough

— The areas in and around Delta Junction, Tok, and the upper Tanana Valley

— Copper River Basin Area

“The weather forecast over much of the state for this holiday weekend will keep fire danger high,” State Fire Marshal Richard Boothby stated. “With much of the wildland firefighting personnel and assets already assigned to fires burning in the state, we can’t take any chances of more human-caused fires. We want everyone to have a safe holiday weekend.” 

According to a report from the State Emergency Operations Center, there are currently 160 fires in Alaska, with 17 staffed with firefighters. The fire risk is very high due to the forecasted dry weather with lightning.

Fireworks banned over much of Alaska 

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Volney Smith says:

    The problem with the Por-Abort folks is they should have been aborted. The twogroupe To gather with the shut down of the Healy coal power electric plant is another stupid is as stupid does thing. Just maybe these folks shouldn’t get a PFD or any electric power other then solar or wind. Just shutting down jobs that furnish thousands of folks with power because it makes u feel better doesn’t work. Alaska needs JOBS . Carbon is not the darn problem. maybe these folks should all hold their breath and fix there problems?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Love fireworks the big boom!
    But it’s Alaska the land of the midnight sun
    Winter time is for fireworks New Years.
    it’s dark at this time to see the colors in the sky boom.

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I drove past fireworks stands in Big Lake area and they’re all closed down so don’t come out to buy any. Eagle River at the Lions Park will have fireworks at midnight on Sunday. Go watch them and enjoy!