U.S. Forest Service crews are fighting an approximately 2-acre forest fire, burning north of Ketchikan’s road system. The fire started about 4 p.m. Monday on state land in the Moser Bay area, Forest Service spokesman Paul Robbins Jr. said Tuesday morning.
Wildfire activity in the American West is likely to get worse in coming years. A new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to the lack of precipitation in the summer as the major driving factor when it comes to increasing fire severity.
The average July temperature of 61.2 degrees beat out the normal average temperature of 56.9 degrees. Also, it was only the third time ever that an average high temperature for July of over 70 degrees was recorded at the Juneau airport.