Fewer Burns in the Interior than Usual

FAIRBANKS, Alaska- This may come as a surprise, but this year we've had fewer wildfires than normal, despite record temperatures and dry conditions. So far, 1.25 million acres have burned this year, the average for the last 10 years is 1.4 million acres. With rain in the forecast, some in the fire service are speculating about a "season ending event," but they haven't stopped fighting fires around the interior. Even though there have been nearly 600 wildfires, there weren't as many large burns. The 2004 season had about 700 wildfires and burned a record 6.65 million acres.