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Stuart Creek 2 Fire Forces Evacuation Of People, Sled Dogs Near Fairbanks, Alaska

Stuart Creek 2 Fire Forces Evacuation Of People, Sled Dogs Near Fairbanks, Alaska

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 20:12:39 in Green

“...You realize that we aren't completely covered in snow and ice all the time, right?
We get temperatures in the -50/-60 range in the winter, sure, but we have nice summers. 70s, 80s, sometimes 90s, and we have seemingly endless sun. ("Land of the Midnight Sun". Google it).
We get fires every single year of varying acreage, but roughly a few hundred thousand acres a year burn.
We live in a very dry environment that, each year, suddenly gets very, very hot (we are not very humid in the interior, and most of our precipitation is in the winter months, i.e. snow). Of COURSE we have fires.”
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Forces Evacuation Of People, Sled Dogs Near Fairbanks, Alaska

Stuart Creek 2 Fire Forces Evacuation Of People, Sled Dogs Near Fairbanks, Alaska

Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 20:01:19 in Green

“As someone who has lived in Alaska for their entire lives, I agree it seems more aggressive this year, helped on by the most recent 80,000 acre and counting one that the military started after being advised against it. However, wildfires are really a normal thing for us.

They can even smolder during winter months under the snow, insulated by lichen and other such plants, and then as soon as it's dry they're back. They help to replenish nutrients and smaller forms of vegetation that are choked out by large, densely packed trees, and have various other benefits as well.”