State wild fire managers on Friday issued a fire danger warning to residents in the snow-
barren portion of the state south of the Alaska Range due to strong winds associated with the super storm
expected to hit the Aleutian Islands this weekend.
“The wind, combined with dry, snow-free conditions across much of Southcentral Alaska, could potentially
lead to a wildfire,” Tom Kurth, Fire Program Manager at the Division of Forestry in Fairbanks, said.
Even though it’s November, most of the southern part of the state is still relatively snow free at this point and
there is still plenty of dry grass and leaves that could fuel and drive a wildfire, Kurth said. The Mat-Su Valley is
one area of particular concern, he said.
“Historically we have had problems in situations like this,” Kurth said.
A strong low pressure system that is the remnant of Typhoon Nuri is expected to move into the Bering Sea this
weekend and bring strong southerly winds to much of the state starting Sunday and continuing into mid-week.
The National Weather Service is calling for winds of 15-30 mph in Anchorage already this weekend.
Relative humidities are not expected to get low enough to prompt a “red flag warning” from the National
Weather Service as some moisture is expected in the form of isolated snow and/or rain showers. The
precipitation would be in Southwest and Southcentral Alaska this weekend but that moisture is not expected
to make it far inland.
Residents should use caution with anything that could potentially lead to a fire, such as burn barrels, debris
burning, campfires, and use of recreational vehicles.
“Usually fire wildland fire starts this time of year are an anomaly but they can happen,” Kurth said. “Last time
it was a snowmachine trailer that got tipped over by the wind. It got drug down the highway and was throwing
To report a wildfire, dial 911
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