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Access restrictions partially lifted in Chena River State Recreation Area

(Fairbanks, AK) — Rain and containment activities on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire have reduced the threat of wildfire to public safety in portions of the Chena River State Recreation Area. Effective immediately, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is lifting access restrictions along the north side of Chena Hot Springs Road between Mile 27 and Mile 50.5.  However, all access points on the south side of the highway between Mile 27 and Mile 39 remain closed while an Emergency Watch remains in effect in this area. (See attached map.)

The following sites are open for public use:

  • Compeau, Stiles, Angel Rocks, Colorado, Chena Dome, Angel Creek Hillside trails
  • Twin Bears Camp, and Granite Tors and Red Squirrel campgrounds
  • All public use cabins except the Chena River Cabin

The following sites remain closed:

  • The Granite Tors Trail and all access roads on the south side of the Chena Hot Springs Road between Mile 27 and Mile 39
  • Rosehip Campground
  • Chena River Public Use Cabin

Alaska State Parks is working closely with the Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team and State Troopers and will lift the remaining restrictions as soon as the threat to public safety is over. The public is asked to maintain situational awareness as fire activity could be unpredictable and rapid growth could occur under warmer, drier conditions.

For more information on the fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3468/ or call 907-451-0590 x. 30260.   For information about Chena River State Recreation Area, please call 907-451-2695. To report new fires, call 911.

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