Fire season heating up

Last year at this time, most of the state was still under snowcover, but 2014’s Fire Season is getting off to a much faster start!

A strong high pressure system is expected to build in over Alaska by the end of this week. With this system, near-record high temperatures are expected for parts of the state by the weekend, perhaps reaching into the 70s. Little to no rainfall is expected after Tuesday.

These high temperatures, rapid snowmelt, and dry, dead fuels, will lead to high fire risk in the upcoming week. With lightning activity not yet in the forecast, most fire starts at this time of year occur in the human-occupied corridors. Fires will ignite easily and burn quickly through fine, dead fuels, and any breezy winds will help them to move even faster.

Stay tuned with the latest weather forecasts at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/weather.php.

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