Chugach National Forest Opens Area Impacted by Swan Lake Fire

Contact(s): Alicia King


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Forest Service

Chugach National Forest

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

 

Twitter: @ChugachForestAK

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

Anchorage, AK—October 9, 2019 —The Chugach National Forest is rescinding the temporary Special Closure prohibition listed in Order 10-04-30-19-20 that previously closed areas of the Chugach National Forest Seward Ranger District impacted by the Swan Lake Fire. This reopens the south portion of Resurrection Pass Trail, West Swan Lake, Swan Lake, Juneau Lake, Romig, and Trout Lake cabins, and surrounding areas. All areas, cabins, and trails are now open on the Seward Ranger District.

Please use caution when hiking and recreating in the burned areas of the Forest. While efforts have been made to remove trees of concern and clear the trail and cabin areas, hazards within the burned area may include fire-weakened standing trees which can fall without warning and deep ash pits holding residual heat capable of causing severe burns.

The estimated containment (when the fire is fully contained) date for the Swan Lake Fire is December 31, 2019 due to the deep pockets of duff and heavy fuels that will continue to smolder in some locations for several weeks and possibly months. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there is significant precipitation.

To check recreation opportunities visit the Chugach National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/chugach. To check cabin availability and make reservations, please visit www.recreation.gov.

Current Fire Danger level and fire information can be found on the Chugach National Forest website. To report a wildland fire in Alaska call 1-800-237-3633.

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