Fire officials say to ‘expect an early start’ to Alaska wildfire season
“Expect an early start to the wildland fire season.”
That’s what officials with the Alaska Division of Forestry are saying about this spring and summer. Already, at least two wildfires have been reported this season.
In their Alaska Monthly Fire Potential Outlook, released Monday, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center said fire activity is expected to be minimal in March but will most likely pick up in April and May, particularly in the southcentral region.
“Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook maps continue to indicate a high likelihood of warmer than normal conditions across the entire state through the spring,” the report said. “These warm temperatures are contributing to low snowpack in parts of southern Alaska once again this winter, with worst conditions around the Anchorage Bowl and Kenai Peninsula.”
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