Hunting season is set to begin this weekend and there is concern about hunters traveling near wildfires currently burning in the Willow area.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said at a news conference Wednesday that officials are considering closing the Willow marsh, also called the Willow swamp. It's a spot officials say is on the front line of the Deshka Landing Fire — and a big moose hunting area.
"So we have a real concern that we could have hunters in the area who either become trapped by an advancing fire or a shifting fire," Feige said. "Or that we could have the potential for firefighters to inadvertently be injured or shot downrange of someone hunting big game."
It is a concern shared by Alaska State Troopers.