Seward Highway now open to two-way traffic; please use caution

As of 9 p.m., both lanes of the Seward Highway are now open to traffic after the Alaska Division of Forestry deemed conditions safe for two-way traffic.
One lane of the highway had been closed since 5 a.m. Tuesday due to the 600-acre McHugh Fire burning along the highway between mileposts 108 and 113. The fire became very active late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, causing rocks and burning debris to fall across and next to the road, prompting Forestry officials to request that the Department of Transportation to close the northbound lane of traffic. A pilot car was used to escort motorists through a 10-mile stretch of the road area impacted by the fire, causing delays for up to three hours for much of Tuesday.
The potential for future closures due to fire activity still exists, depending on fire behavior. Motorists should use caution and be alert for firefighting equipment and personnel on the road. In addition, motorists should not slow down or pull over to take pictures or watch fire activity, as it endangers other motorists traveling on the road and causes congestion. Please drive safely.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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