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Alaska Wildfires Setting New Record?

Posted by feww on July 15, 2015

UPDATED

Alaska’s fire season 2015 now 5th* largest on record

Alaska’s fire season could continue later into the year than is normally expected due to  elevated conditions that are currently in place, said Predictive Services National Interagency Fire Center.

Alaska’s fire season normally starts from April 1 through August 31.

10 Largest fire seasons on record in Alaska since 1939 [Source: AK Forestry; estimates by FIRE-EARTH]

1) 2004 – 6,590,140 acres – 701 fires
2) 1957 – 5,049,661 acres – 391 fires
3) 1939 – 5,000,000 acres – 200 fires
4) 2005 – 4,649,597 acres – 624 fires
5) 2015 – 4,500,100 acres –  675 fires [*Estimated by FIRE-EARTH]
[Official record for the year-to-date fires stands at 671 fires burning total of 4,447,182 acres as of July 12, 2015.]
6) 1940 – 4,500,000 acres – 130 fires
7) 1969 – 4,231,820 acres – 685 fires
8) 1941 – 3,654,774 acres – 138 fires
9) 1990 – 3,189,079 acres – 750 fires
10) 2009 – 2,934,608 acres – 516 fires

As of July 2, some 750 wildfires [obviously, the figure has  been revised since] had burned an estimated 2.4 million acres in Alaska, “which is at pace with the 2004 season when 6.59 million acres burned,” Kale Casey, a public information officer for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. “In addition to the dry season we’re having, we’ve had a huge amount of lightning—about 6,000 to 10,000 bolts per day. There was three-day period in June where we had over 31,000 lightning strikes.”

U.S. Fire Stats

National Preparedness Level 3 – as of June 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. MDT (on a scale from 1 to 5)

July 14, 2015

Six new large fires were reported yesterday, four in Alaska and one in Florida and Montana. Large fires burned actively yesterday in Alaska. The Sea and Chahalie fires both burned more than 50,000 acres each yesterday.

  • Number of new large fires: 6
  • States currently reporting large fires:
    • Alaska (22)
    • California (1)
    • Florida (2)
    • Idaho (2)
    • Montana (2)
    • Oregon (2)
    • Washington (5)

Year-to-date statistics  2015 (1/1/15 – 7/14/15)

  • Fires: 31,974
  • Acres: 5,196,033
  • Acres from active fires: 1,637,893
  • Annual average prior 10 years (2005-2014)
  • Fires: 40,722
  • Acres: 2,987,569  More…

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