Over 300 fires burning in Alaska

Fire season is quiet in much of the U.S., but Alaska is making up for what is not happening in the Lower 48. Over 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska, tasking resources, and possibly adding to global climate change.

When I fought fires in the 1970's through early 1980's, officials considered a 50,000 acre fire catastrophic. Alaska's current wildfire situation prove that fire sizes continue to grow in magnitude, with no end in sight.

It will be interesting to follow how agencies will cope with this increase in the number of fires, and overall size. These massive blazes increase the risk to the lives of firefighters. Will firefighting tactics change? One would think they would have to.

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Alaska Wildfires

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