The Anchorage Fire Department said that right now is the most dangerous time for people to be out on freezing waterways. It's because lakes and streams are just beginning to freeze and ice is still thin in many places.
The AFD water rescue team has been checking on nearby lakes to see how ice formation is coming along.
"This is the beginning of freeze-up so you get a lot of ice that’s some thick, some thin and you can even have open water right now," said Fire Station 4 Captain Blake Lindson, "A lot of times you get out there and think it’s safe in one spot but it’s totally not safe in the other and that’s where people start falling through."
Fire officials said anyone venturing out on frozen lakes or waterways should take extra caution.
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