Alaska’s weird fire season ain’t over yet


More than 20,000 lightning strikes hit the surface of Alaska from 6 am July 24th to 6 am July 25th 2023. Graphic from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Waking to the smell of a wet ashtray (which, as a Child of the Seventies, I can still remember), I knew the wind had shifted. Wildfire smoke hung in the neighborhood.

This is not a reason for alarm: The nostalgic scent of vaporized spruce and willow trees is a normal summer sensation here in middle Alaska. But the 2023 Alaska wildfire season has been anything but normal, according to Rick Thoman.

Thoman is a climate specialist with the Alaska

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