Alaska is now a hot spot, and yet not the reasons you might think. Of the 54 firefighters currently in the United States, 10 are in Alaska – more than any other state, according to the National Fire Service. The largest one, Swan Lake Fire, consumed more than 141,000 acres, but a small McKinley Fire proved to be particularly devastating. The fire has already burned 80 buildings and partially shut down part of Anchorage Road to Denali National Park, Anchorage Daily News reports.
The fire has been helped by the dry, hot conditions in Alaska this summer. The McKinley Fire covers 3,752 acres and currently holds 10 percent, with 273 firefighters working to shut it down, according to an update by the Alaska Fire Information Service. Firefighters are using bulldozer, drones, planes, and helicopters to stop the spread of fire. Residents of Matanuska-Susitna Valley, where the fire is located, have been ordered to evacuate, and more than 1,000 buildings are still in danger from the flames, CNN reported.
The cause of McKinley Fire remains to be investigated, though it was initially thought he had fallen into a tree in the power line. Despite firefighting efforts, the authorities do not expect the fire to be extinguished until winter, the Anchorage Daily News reports.
Other Casey, a spokesman for the fire service co-ordinator, told The Sun: Daily News.
Across the country, data from the National Fire Service shows that fires set in 12 other states. In total, hundreds of thousands of acres are now burning across the United States, including 24 large fires.
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