A Million Acres Have Burned in Alaska Wildfires This Season

East Fork wildfire near St. Mary's.

East Fork fire appears near St. Mary’s, Alaska in early June.
Photo: BLM Alaska Fire Service (A.P.)

Alaska is battling a record wildfire.. It has one million hectares of land. As it burns June 15, The first in decadesBasis Anchorage Daily News.

The fire was caused by unusual dry and hot weather in the area. More than 300 wildfires have recently erupted, and about 100 are still burning. The Washington Post reported. This includes the East Fork fire It burned at the end of May and burned more than 163, 000 acres. Is one of them. The state’s largest Tundra wildfire recorded KTOO Public Media.

Residents living in such areas St. MaryThe fire and smoke were approaching, and they had to leave their homes this month. The rapid spread of the flame has provided resources for some Alaska agencies to combat wildfires.

“We are trying to bring our staff to the forefront because we are thinking about the impact of the ongoing drought in many parts of the state,” said Sam Harrell, a distributor at Ferbanx. According to the Forest Public Information Officer According to The Anchorage Daily News. “We have to be prepared for what is going to happen because resources will take a long time to reach Alaska. Oregon is a little easier to go to California to fight fires than to go to Alaska.”

The wildfire season officially begins From late May to early June And It usually lasts until September when the temperature drops. However, Alaska’s nighttime temperatures are rising in line with daytime temperatures, according to the data International Arctic Research CenterLGet some rest from the heat and burn big and hot fires.

As the temperature in the region increases, the growth period becomes too long, which leads to it Additional tundra plants that ignite wildfires. A.D. Between 2001 and 2020, more than 31.4 million hectares of Alaska were burned by wildfires. Twice as many Acres burned in the former Two decades combinedThe report International Arctic Research Center discovered.

There are also more fires in the Arctic and Arctic due to other climate change factors. Like many states in Low 48Some parts of Alaska are experiencing unusually dry conditions. Of U.S. Drought Monitoring By the end of June, about half of the state is experiencing severe drought and moderate droughts.

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