Alaska wildfires surpass 2-million acre mark

The amount of acreage burned in Alaska wildfires this summer surpassed the 2-million-acre mark on Wednesday, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s daily situation report released this morning.

Through July 1, a total of 621 fires have burned an estimated 2,128,750.4 acres. The total acreage increased by 243,990.6 acres on Wednesday as a result of better mapping and reconnaissance on fires.

At 31,059 acres and counting, the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire is one of 31 fires in Alaska that are currently over 20,000 acres.

At 31,059 acres and counting, the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire near Aniak in Southwest Alaska is one of 31 fires currently burning in Alaska that are currently over 20,000 acres.

That said, we still don’t have a single fire that has surpassed the 100,000-acre mark, though there are 31 fires that are 20,000 acres or larger. Here’s a list of the 10 biggest fires currently burning in Alaska, according to the AICC:

1) Iditarod River – 98,183 acres
2) Torment Creek – 74,087 acres
3) Kutokbuna Lake – 68,320 acres
4) Can Creek – 56,661 acres
5) Three Day – 52,000 acres
6) Why Lake – 48,603 acres
7) Tobatokh – 42,802 acres
8) Tozitna – 41,618 acres
9) Big Creek Two – 40,059 acres
10) Chisana River 2 – 37,705 acres

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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