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Sterling Highway open, but travel not advised by borough



The Kenai Peninsula Borough at 10 pm on Tuesday said the Sterling Highway remains open, although conditions can change. Travel on the Sterling Hwy from Watson Lake to the Seward Hwy (Milepost 71-36) is not advised, however.

“We have had calls and see posts from people saying the highway is closed but it is not closed. There is a barrier with the wording “Road Closed” that is being used for a side road and may be confusing to motorists. Thank you for your patience; public safety is the first priority,” the borough’s virtual joint information office said.

“There may be long lines as people wait for the pilot car to shuttle them between mile 71 (Watson Lake) and the intersection of the Sterling and Seward Highways, Mile 36. Please be prepare to wait; bring food and water and have a full tank of fuel.”

Find the Swan Lake Fire updates at this site.


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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • The “management success” of the Swan Lake Fire continues.

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