The risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped.
A warning was issued last week as warm, sunny weather dried out grass and underbrush.
But Fire Management Officer Seth Ross says that’s changed.
“It seems that the forecast and the current weather indicate that we’re going back to our typical Southeast Alaska pattern, coming out of that warm and dry weather,” Ross says.
“So, we are going to rescind that warning, but still, caution people to always be careful of fire in the woods,” he says.
Ross says the Tongass sees an average of 17 fires each year. Sometimes it’s as high as 40. Most are brush and peat fires.
- The amendment to phase out old-growth logging has been in the works since 2014. It takes effect in 30 days.
- Black carbon, which is produced by burning, can accelerate warming of the atmosphere and melting of glaciers.
- Plans for managing the nation's largest national forest call for changes in timber harvests that one critic says will be "the demise of the timber industry."
- President Obama today issued an executive order creating the “Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area” of 112,300 square miles.