Wildfires rage in Alaska

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Following the hottest May in over 90 years hundreds of wildfires are now burning in Alaska. While so far small in total acreage consumed, the 291 fires (many ignited by tens of thousands of lightning strikes) mark a particularly active start to the fire season.

The National Park Service currently is monitoring several fires burning in remote areas of Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks and preserves.

 

NPS image from June 23, 2015 of fires in Denali.