Anchorage to consider new camp clearance rules to slow fires

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance to protect neighborhoods from wildfires started in homeless encampments.

    KTVA-TV reported 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.

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