Big Problem: "Nearly 300 Wildfires Are Burning in Alaska Right Now"

"Following on a record hot May in which much snow cover melted off early, Alaska saw no less than 152 fires erupt over the weekend. The numbers have only grown further since then, and stood at 291 active fires Thursday, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

'Given the high number of fires and the personnel assigned to those fires, the state’s firefighting resources are becoming very limited, forcing fire managers to prioritize resources,' noted the state’s Department of Natural Resources Tuesday. The preparedness level at the moment for the state is 5, meaning that 'resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.'"

Chris Mooney reports for the Washington Post June 25, 2015.


"California Wildfires Force Residents From Homes in Two Towns" (Reuters)

"Western Wildfires: California Fire Grows, Forces Evacuations" (AP)

"California Wildfires: Sierra Blaze Spreads, Markleeville Threatened" (AP)

Source: Wash Post, 06/26/2015