Friday, September 28, 2012

Fire Season Wrap-up

In the little fire season that would not die, the Industrial Park Fire near Delta Junction was up to just under 6000 acres as of Friday morning, while the Dry Creek Fire west of Eielson AFB was last measured measured at 47,154 acres. This brings the total acreage burned in Alaska this year to 266,409 acres, almost exactly 2011's total. The total acreage burned has increased by 28% since the end of July, which seems to me to be unusually high. The culprit has been the warm, dry and at times windy weather in the Tanana valley that has prevailed since August.

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