WACO meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Willow Community Center.
WACO Community Meeting
The first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Willow Community Center
Following the ceremony- there will be a community potluck at the park pavilion. Please bring a dish or two to share. Ice and coolers will be available to keep your dish cold, a limited number of electrical outlets will be available for hot dishes. Food may be dropped off after 9am. Paper plates, napkins, and silverware will be provided.
ALSO: Please note that there will be no parking in the lot by the pavilion. Please park in the gravel parking lot just outside the park, shuttle service will be available. ...
Please join us on Saturday, June 5th at 2pm at Newman Memorial Park for The Last Alarm Service and Bell Ceremony.
PLEASE NOTE- THERE WILL BE INCREASED TRAFFIC AND PARKING ALONG WILLOW CREEK PARKWAY FROM 9AM-6PM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 5TH. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF GUESTS. THANK YOU.
WILLOW, Alaska – Update May 29th 2021
The Last Alarm Service and Bell Ceremony for Willow firefighter Lori Wiertsema will be held at the Pat Newman Memorial Park off the Willow Creek Parkway in Willow, Alaska, Saturday June 5th at 2:00 pm. Lori passed on May 16th 2021 following a courageous four and a half year battle with cancer. The service will include traditional Fire Department honors recognizing Lori for her almost 30 years of dedicated service to our community.
A procession of emergency vehicles will transport Lori and family to the memorial. The line of Fire Apparatus, as a tribute to her service, will begin in Wasilla and travel on the George Parks Highway ending in Willow. Further details shall be released later this week.
Lori was a selfless and dedicated public servant who spent many years providing emergency services as a firefighter with the Matanuska Susitna Borough Department of Emergency Services and the State of Alaska Division of Forestry. She served the Willow Fire Department as a firefighter, former Fire Chief and performed public fire education activities. With the Division of Forestry she excelled in wildland fire suppression, heli-tack operations and Fire Prevention.
Lori’s strong commitment to her community will be a significant loss and we sincerely thank her for many years of dedicated service exemplifying our core values of Integrity, Selflessness and Excellence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a children’s charity of the donor’s choice.
Contact: Brian Davis, Deputy Director- Fire
Warming temperatures and increasingly dry conditions have increased wildland fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna valleys, prompting the Division of Forestry to halt permitted burning effective today, Monday, May 24.
The division is suspending burn permits for all areas of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, where the combination of hot, dry and windy weather will quickly outweigh the fire-dampening effects of recent rain and increase the chances of expanding, wind-driven surface fires.
Both small- and large-scale burn permits are suspended in both regions until conditions moderate. Debris/brush burning and the use of burn barrels is prohibited during a burn suspension. Fires used for property clean-up are considered burn piles and are likewise prohibited. Failure to comply with emergency burn suspensions could result in monetary fines.
Small campfires less than three feet in diameter with flame lengths no higher than two feet are still allowed during a burn suspension. Commercially manufactured burning devices such as such as grills, smokers, turkey friers, etc. with an on-off switch are also allowed during a burn permit suspension. However, those conducting such burns are encouraged to exercise vigilance and caution.
The division encourages the public to check previously burned debris piles to ensure those fires are completely extinguished and no heat remains. Fire can continue to burn underground through duff layers and roots systems for months, only to resurface and spark a wildfire.
For more information about burn permits, go to forestry.alaska.gov/burn
#TakeTimeToLearnBeforeYouBurn #BurnSuspension ...
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