Know What To Expect On The Reopened Trails

first_imgThe closure of these areas will remain in effect until August 29, unless otherwise rescinded or extended for a cause. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has reopened a number of trails that were closed due to the fire danger risk from the Swan Lake Fire. Hikers are advised that those trails they’ve grown so familiar with could look a little different. Leah Eskelin Park Ranger with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: “The Skyline and Fuller Lake trails were just reopened. Those two trails were prepared in the event that firefighters would need to use them as contingency lines. So, you will see some changes to those two trails as you go up.”  Crews have completed the majority of suppression repair work on these trails including chipping brush piles and repairing containment lines built by dozers and crews. The fire remains at 102,229 acres, a warming and drying trend is predicted for the Kenai Peninsula into the beginning of August, but no increase in fire activity is expected for the Swan Lake Fire.center_img Recreational visitors are encouraged to use caution when accessing Skyline and Fuller Lakes Trails especially in upper elevations where Swan Lake Fire remains active. Of primary note: Watson, Peterson, and Kelly campgrounds and Kelly Lake public use cabin all remain closed.  Eskelin: “Recreational users need to be aware that they’re are heat pockets in some areas, and there are potential hazards on the trails that may not yell out ‘watch out for me’.”last_img

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