Chugach National Forest Announces Area Closures Due to Concern for Public Health and Safety Related to the Swan Lake Wildfire

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Forest Service

Chugach National Forest

161 East 1st Ave., Door 8
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

 

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Contact: Alicia King (907) 231-0172 alicia.king@usda.gov

Anchorage, AK—July 6, 2019— The fire danger level remains very high on the Chugach National Forest Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts. Due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake wildfire, the Chugach National Forest is ordering special closures on the Seward Ranger District of the following areas:

Area Closures:

All National Forest Lands (NFS) west of Resurrection Pass Trail from the Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area to Devils Pass Trail and all NFS lands south of Devils Pass Trail west of Seward Highway and north of the Sterling Highway. 

Exception includes Gull Rock Trail, Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area, and Porcupine Campground.

Special Order 10-04-00-19-14 remains in effect from July 6, 2019 until further information.

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