Anchorage to consider new camp clearance rules to slow fires
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance to protect neighborhoods from wildfires started in homeless encampments.
KTVA-TV reported Wednesday that the proposed changes to the municipal code would enable authorities to declare danger zones and clear camps located in those areas.
The clearances would occur within 24-72 hours depending on the fire threat level, replacing the current 10-day notice.
Camps in designated danger zones could be cleared in just 24 hours when there is a burn ban in effect and fire-making equipment present.
Officials say police could confiscate and store fire-making tools and campers would be notified in person or through a posted notice.
The assembly is scheduled to conduct a work session on the ordinance Aug. 2 and hold a public hearing Aug. 6.
Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com