Officials warn residents about the dangers of thin ice on Mendenhall Lake


This article has been updated to include additional information.

Though the Mendenhall Glacier may look like a winter wonderland from afar, according to officials, crossing the Mendenhall Lake ice to view the glacier up close is extremely dangerous and recommend residents steer clear.

“We always say that there is no safe ice anywhere,” said Jayme Johns, captain and rope and water rescue team leader for Capital City Fire/Rescue. “We can’t stop anybody from going out there but getting out there is very, very dangerous.”

Johns said that though some locals conduct tests to gauge the lake’s thickness, there is no way to know for certain that all ice is

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