As firefighters continue to work on active wildfires in the area, hunters are asked to be aware of fire conditions on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in a release Thursday anyone wanting to hunt should be aware of any emergency land closures.

While the department has not issued any orders closing hunting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with U.S. Forest Service, have issued land closures for part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Chugach National Forest-Seward Ranger District. 

Additionally, anyone in these areas mentioned may have to deal with long delays or highway closures which could affect travel. Anyone who has a vehicle parked near firefighting efforts could potentially obstruct firefighters.

The release from Fish and Game said hunters should give firefighters plenty of space since crews could be working close to areas where people hunting for moose or other big game. In areas that have burned, ash pits can cause serious burns, staying hot under the surface where trees have burned down to the roots which may be hard to see, according to Fish and Game. 

Also, since fire activity remains high, there are still burn bans in effect for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Any burning, including charcoal grills or campfires — even in established fire pits or rings at designated campgrounds — are not allowed, Fish and Game said.

For up to date information, maps and fire updates for the Swan Lake and Caribou Lake fires, hunters should visit the following websites or see the map below for special land closures.

August 28, 2019 Emergency Area Closure due to Wildfire. NOTE: Maps represent approximate information.

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