Until 2015, tundra fires in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta were small and infrequent. That changed suddenly seven years ago.
No one was at the site when the fire burned through the area.
Alaska wildfires have already burned 1 million acres, crossing that threshold earlier in the summer than in any summer in recent decades.
The Kenakuchuk Creek fire northeast of Okstukuk Lake likely started by lightning, and first reported by area pilots. State firefighting assets out of McGrath will monitor fire that is in a “limited protection zone.”
The haze that’s been lingering over the Upper Lynn Canal for a day or so is likely from fires far away, according meteorologists. While it’s not known for sure which fires are the cause of smoky fog, officials agree that there is no immediate danger.
Residents in Haines and Skagway started noticing a haze Tuesday morning hanging around both communities.