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Old 06-15-2015, 05:29 AM   #85
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Parks Highway Fire

UPDATE: Parks Highway shut down after Willow wildfire spreads to 6,500 acres | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Fire seems to have shut down part of the Parks Highway around Wasilla making for difficult travel for RV rs.
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We went up to the arctic circle. Needed gas coming back. The only gas station was right next to the Yukon river. Had to pay $5.50/gal. Talk about gouging!!!
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Supply, demand and location! What do you think it should cost, considering what it takes to get fuel to a remote location and store it? Alaska is NOT like the 'lower 48' where it is easy to get items from one location to another and you have gas stations on every corner. Compared to some of the villages, $5.50 is cheap!!!!
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We went up to the arctic circle. Needed gas coming back. The only gas station was right next to the Yukon river. Had to pay $5.50/gal. Talk about gouging!!!
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The Parks has been open and closed a few times as the fire is jumping the road and they get flare-ups. This seems to be a big one and a number of homes and cabins have been destroyed. Another burn started yesterday in the Kenai along the Sterling Hwy, but I don't know if the road has been shut down yet or not. Soldatna school is taking evacuees. Hot dry weather in Alaska this summer and just about a total burning ban has been initiated to deal with the red flag conditions.

We're in Valdez right now getting ready to set some shrimp pots. Red salmon run in the Copper river has begun and we'll be heading that way before to long.
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We went up to the arctic circle. Needed gas coming back. The only gas station was right next to the Yukon river. Had to pay $5.50/gal. Talk about gouging!!!
I guess they pump the oil from the ground from right under them, turn into gas, and feed it right to the pumps and into your MH.

I to have have been to the Arctic Circle a few times from my years (9) while living in Fairbanks. I was driving a E150 van in those years and don't remember ever needing gas.

was a great place to send a couple nights as the sun rolled along the net sun set during our June 21 visits
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Today the Alaska governor issued a state of emergency for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
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What was the "state of emergency " for? Forest fires?
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yes fires. 7000 acres 6 miles from me is on fire. 9,000 acres 3 hrs south is on fire. and a dozen others. in total there is 68,000 acres of land on fire. most of it un manned and being monitored. due to it being in the middle of no where.
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Drove to AK 2014 in 43' MH and agree with Michigan and their numerous biting insects also Fairbanks! just stay out of the wooded areas and bring Ben's Wipes w/30%deet. The roads there are better than lower 48! Key is to take it slow through the questionable areas of the Yukon!
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yes fires. 7000 acres 6 miles from me is on fire. 9,000 acres 3 hrs south is on fire. and a dozen others. in total there is 68,000 acres of land on fire. most of it un manned and being monitored. due to it being in the middle of no where.

Of topic..but hope that you stay safe! I live in Southern California. The last big burn was 3 miles from us. All told 1,100 houses burned down. Fires are unpredictable. Be prepared.


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Alaska was always on my list....UNTIL I saw what happened to motorhomes and toads that went up and came back. I have seen some horror stories. So....needless to say, Alaska is no longer on my list....unless it's an Alaskan Cruise. Too many other great places to visit and see !!

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I make the trip from Alaska to Washington almost every year. For every horror story you hear. There was 800 people who did not have any issues.
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Alaska was always on my list....UNTIL I saw what happened to motorhomes and toads that went up and came back. I have seen some horror stories. So....needless to say, Alaska is no longer on my list....unless it's an Alaskan Cruise. Too many other great places to visit and see !!

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We just came back from Alaska. Most of the horror stories are over stated. If you drive the appropriate speed for the road conditions it should not be a problem. We drove the Robert Campbell Highway, The Klondike Highway, the Top of the World Highway and the Taylor Highway all are known to be hard on motorhomes. We did not have a problem on any of these roads. I would highly recommend this trip! Don't miss out. It is the trip of a lifetime.
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The 'horror' stories are carried over from many, many years ago and also from people who have never driven the trip.

There's absolutely no reason to avoid the drive to Alaska. The roads are all paved except for areas of repair/construction - the same as in the lower 48 every summer.

It's not interstate speed driving and once you get that in your head it's a relaxing, easy drive. We drove it for an all summer trip with our 40' motorhome towing the Jeep. Neither vehicle received any damage.

In fact, we left Arizona with a cracked windshield on the Jeep. We decided not to get it fixed thinking we'll just get another on the trip. We returned to Arizona 8 months later with the same cracked windshield.

You'll see hundreds of RVs along the way - every size. Fuel is readily available as are grocery stores. It's not the rugged trip of yesterday.

If you've ever wanted to go to Alaska - do it. It's the best experience you'll ever have!!
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