Fast response wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

first_imgAggressive response and the public’s adherence to good fire practices are keeping forest fires down in Alaska despite tinderbox conditions in much of the state.Through Sunday the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported 159 fires this year but fewer than seven square miles burned.Unseasonably warm and dry temperatures coupled with grasses that remain brown from lack of moisture are making spring fire danger high.The Yukon Flats and surrounding uplands, Fortymile River country, the Deltana-Tanana flats, and the Eastern Alaska Range remain under a red flag warning watch.Fire agency spokesman Tim Mowry says two air tankers, a water-scooping aircraft and 16 smokejumpers from Boise, Idaho, were moved to Alaska last week because of the continued danger.He says the public is to be credited for following burn laws.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Anchorage this gloomy spring is all in your head

first_imgClouds hang over Hope, Alaska on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)In Anchorage, complaining about the gloomy weather this spring has become something of a new pastime.But is the weather really worse than normal?Listen nowAccording to Brian Brettschneider with our Ask a Climatologist segment, the answer is no.Brettschneider says since April, the weather in Anchorage has been a few degrees warmer than normal and also drier than normal.How is that possible?Brettschneider says there haven’t been any really warm days. Typically Anchorage hits 60 degrees at least once by May 14, but the warmest temperature so far has been 59 degrees.“So there can be this disconnect where there can be no really warm days, but we can still be above normal,” Brettschneider says.Brettschneider says it’s also been a bit cloudier and significantly windier than normal.“But for the most part, the story of this spring has been warmth.”last_img read more