Parks Hwy. opens to two-way traffic for the first time since McKinley Fire
The Parks Hwy. opened to two-way traffic Sunday for the first time since the start of the McKinley Fire but even though traffic moved again, it didn't mean drivers can go anywhere you want.
The Alaska Incident Management Team reminds evacuees their homes are still off-limits. It's too dangerous.
"We have like almost six or seven injuries from people stepping into ash pits. Those are firefighters knowing what they're doing," said Alaska Incident Management Team Deputy Commander Tom Kurth. "The public itself is at risk too, and operate around their own homes because they're hard to see, they're kind of camouflaged."
Before two-way traffic opened up again, some travelers were stuck at milepost 76. Nebraska's Cindy Redding first trip to Alaska included a visit to the Mat-Su.
"Today's our first day sightseeing. We're just getting going," Redding said.
However, getting there took a while. Redding and others found themselves stuck at milepost 76.
"We don't have much planned today," said Jesse Khurna, who is visiting from New Jersey. "I don't want to wait, but, it's kind of annoying having to sit here and wait."
With lane closures still in effect, people found ways to pass the time.
"Just walking around maybe take pictures, there really isn't much around here I don't know, just hanging out pretty much," Khurna said.
He and others did not have to wait much longer, as state crews re-opened both sides to traffic by noon.
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