Fairbanks Area Permits

 Special Notice 

Burn Permits Are Required April 1 - August 31

FNSB Air Quality Restrictions Apply and NO Open Burning Between November 1 and Febuary 28

Safe Burning Practices Apply ALL Year

You Must Have Mineral Soil Around Your Fire

Your Fire Must be Completely Out Prior To Leaving It

For Burn Permit questions, or to schedule a Site Inspection call 907-451-2635

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 Local Area Information 
Mission Statements

The mission of Fairbanks Area Forestry Fire Operations is to protect lives and property, prevent man caused fires, and conserve, enhance, and facilitate the care of Alaska's forested lands.

  • Our top priority is Firefighter Safety;
  • Public Fire Education;
  • Structure Fire Department wildland training;
  • Suppression of Urban Interface Wildfires;
  • Suppression of wildland fires;
  • Prescribe fire for forest health, fuels management, and habitat enhancement;
  • Interagency initial attack fire support;
  • Development and support of Emergency Firefighter programs.

Fairbanks Area Forestry is responsible for wildland fire protection of approximately nine million acres between the Chatanika River drainage in the north and Cantwell to the south; and from Nenana in the west to the Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve in the east. The Fairbanks area is a combination of rolling hills, low mountains, and tundra flats. The flats dominate the south and west parts. Hills and low mountains are in the north and east.

Fire Behavior & Potential

On an average, large project fires exceeding 1,000 acres occur every other year. Expenditures for these fires can exceed millions of dollars in suppression expenditures. Through cooperative agreements with local fire departments and the Alaska Fire Service, 95% of fire starts are kept below 10 acres in size.

Historically, 78% of the areas' fires occur between April 30 and August 1. High temperatures, with little or no precipitation, characterize typical Interior Alaska weather during this time. During these periods, temperatures in the 70's to 80's, humidities can reach a low of 14%, with average rainfall of 3.78 inches. During these conditions fires may show a high resistance to control. There is an average of twenty days per month, during May, June and, July with winds exceeding 10 mph. Windy conditions can lead to a rapid rate-of-spread. Red flag warnings are not uncommon during these periods.

Extensive black spruce is the main hazard fuel. Stands of mature white spruce, hardwoods, and mixed conifer forests can also make suppression efforts difficult. Tundra vegetation can be a main fire carrier, with peat fires sometimes requiring several burning periods to extinguish. Light fuels can get extremely dry after the snow melts away, and can remain so, even after the leaves are out on trees.

Fairbanks Area Forestry Prevention Program

Fairbanks Area Forestry maintains an aggressive wildfire prevention program designed to reduce the average number of human caused fires on all forested land within the Fairbanks Area.

The Prevention Program provides the community with a variety of educational programs and materials. Prevention Technicians visit schools, maintain a booth at the local fair each year, and visit homeowners.

The FAF Prevention Technicians issue burn permits, violation warnings, and violation citations. In addition to being responsible for enforcement, they are part of our initial attack force.

Alaska Statutes (AS 41.15) - Protection of Forested Lands

Another term used is Wind Advisory. This is a notification that weather conditions may change, resulting in an increase of wind speeds and drying of fuels and vegetation which would make open burning hazardous. Windy conditions exist and greater caution should be exercised when burning.

 Burn Permits 

The area burn permit program is a free service that benefits landowners and forestry by reducing false alarm call-outs and hazardous burning procedures. Approximately 82% of the area's fires are caused by humans, mostly as a result of land clearing, which demonstrates a continuing need to educate the public. The remaining 18% are lightning-caused fires, occurring mostly in the hills around Fairbanks.

Burn Permits can be obtained on-line, from our office, and specific fire departments.

There is no charge for Burn Permits.

IMPORTANT: After you obtain a burn permit, you must call Forestry to activate the permit (see regulations).

You must have the permit in your possession at all times when burning.
Burning conditions are updated from the 8:00 AM weather information.

 Burn Permit Options 
Safe Burning Guidelines
Review Burn Barrel
Review Safe Practices
and Print Permit

 Office Information  Fairbanks Area Office
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Office Phone: 907-451-2600
Burn Permit Phone: 907-451-2631

Safe Burning Page

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Before a permit can be issued you must know the basic information on this page.


The basic equipment you need to have on hand before you start burning are:

For burns of Less than 1 acre of mowed grass (lawn)
  • Mown lawn, blades less than 4 inches in length
  • Garden hose capable of reaching entire perimeter
  • Burlap bags to wet and control fire
  • A minimum of 3 adult persons to monitor fire until it is completely out
For a 10 x 10 burn pile
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Garden hose or sufficient water to extinguish the pile
  • A minimum of 1 adult person to monitor fire until it is completely out

Fuel Breaks

For burns of Less than 1 acre of mowed grass (lawn)

For an under 1 acre of lawn burn, you must have a 8 foot wide area cleared down to mineral soil or rake off dead grass and wet down outer 8 feet of perimeter near woods, structures and other property.

For a 10 x 10 burn pile

For a 4 foot high, 10 x 10 foot burn pile, you must have a 15 foot wide area cleared down to mineral soil.

Check In

You must call your Division of Forestry Office each day you plan to burn.


Burning is not allowed during windy conditions. Remember that you must evaluate the conditions at your specific location. If windy conditions exist in your specific area, do not burn. You will be held responsible if you burn and the fire escapes your burn area.

Be familiar with the Beaufort Wind Scale to help judge the wind speed in your area.

Monitor the Fire

You must be on site while the fire is burning.

Completely Extinguish the Fire

The fire must be completely out before you leave the site. Remember that you are responsible for any fire that you start until it is COMPLETELY out.

Tips for a Successful Burn

  • Keep pile free of dirt for a complete burn
  • Start fire small and feed it as it burns down
  • Be aware of how topography (slope) will affect fire's behavior
  • Check weather forecast before burning

If you have any questions on the information presented on this page, please call the nearest Division of Forestry Office.