The Alaska Railroad cancels passenger service between Anchorage and Denali Park due to McKinley Fire

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ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) announced it’s stopping all passenger service between Anchorage and Denali Park because of the McKinley Fire north of Willow.

In a press release, ARRC says the fire jumped the Alaska Railroad tracks on Saturday night near ARRC MP 205 and continues to burn on both sides of the tracks. A number of burned trees have fallen on the tracks and crews are in the process of removing downed trees and are monitoring the situation.

ARRC says on Sunday 200 passengers were taken by motorcoach from Anchorage to Denali and Talkeetna with another 150 expected to be moved north today. 140 southbound passengers from Fairbanks, Denali, and Talkeetna were rerouted to Fairbanks by motorcoach after several hours of delay due to Parks Highway closure. Those passengers along with an additional 100 passengers will be moved south by motorcoach today, dependent on Parks Highway openings.

ARRC says it expects to use motor coach service through tomorrow.

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