Story last updated at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2002

Burn ban lifted, to a point
Effective Monday, July 15, the Kenai-Kodiak Area Office of the Alaska Division of Forestry lifted the burning permit suspension for areas south of Diamond Ridge Road, Diamond Gulch and Skyline Drive, including East End Road. Only permitted hand piles will be allowed, however. The city of Homer is also allowing burning with a permit.

Individuals are reminded that they must call in each day to the phone number listed on the permit before lighting a fire. Burning is not allowed during windy conditions.

Forestry has advised that, because rain has not penetrated into duff areas or the protected areas under trees, that caution be used if burning and that all fires be completely extinguished before they are abandoned.

Forestry will evaluate burning restrictions on a daily basis, depending on precipitation, humidity and forecasted winds.

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