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Thursday, August 29, 2019

8/29/19 5:00 pm Hunting Closures on the Kenai Peninsula

For a PDF of the map with easier to see closure markings,

Click here to view the map and notices packet:

Due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake wildfire activity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service yesterday issued emergency area closure orders for portions of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Chugach National Forest - Seward Ranger District.

There are no hunting closures around the Caribou Lake Fire but people are asked to stay out of the fire area itself due to shallow rooted trees falling and the danger of deep ash pits that are difficult to see.

Closures for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge include specific lands adjacent to and including the Swan Lake Fire north of Sterling Highway and all public facilities and lands within the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. Consult the Refuge Closure Order and map for detailed description.

Closures for the Chugach National Forest include: All National Forest Service (NFS) lands and facilities south of American Creek to its intersection with Resurrection PassTrail. All NFS lands west of Resurrection Pass Trail to Devils Creek Trail. All NFS lands southwest of the Devils Creek Trail to Quartz Creek. All NFS lands west ofQuartz Creek and north of the Sterling Highway to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge/ National Forest boundary. All NFS lands east of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge/National Forest boundary to American Creek.

Board of Game Chair Ted Spraker will be talking tomorrow about the closure and areas that remain open for hunting.

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