The cause of most of the fires has been lightning. And lightning has become much more common in the Y-K Delta over recent years.
Cooler, moister weather forecast for the coming days is expected to reduce the fire risk even more.
Alaska wildfires have already burned 1 million acres, crossing that threshold earlier in the summer than in any summer in recent decades.
The East Fork Fire in Western Alaska is the state’s largest at the moment, and it’s burning in a region where, just a couple decades ago, large fires would not have been expected at all.
As Alaska’s largest tundra fire in 15 years has burned behind her home village, Dee Dee Ivanoff has become one of the key organizers of the response.
Forty-five active wildfires in Western Alaska had burned more than a quarter million acres as of Sunday, according to the state Division of Forestry.
A historically massive wildfire is threatening four villages on the Yukon River.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued a disaster declaration in response to the fire, which has grown to an estimated 71,000 acres over the last week and a half.