While summer is welcomed in many places, especially Alaska given the long and dark winters there, warmer, drier weather usually spells trouble for fire crews, and Alaska is suffering through several wildfires, per KTVA TV in Anchorage:
At least five new lightning-caused wildfires ignited Tuesday around McGrath in Southwest, according to fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The largest of the currently-burning wildfires is the Tusikpak Lake Fire near Point Hope. Smokejumpers were called in to bring the 2000+ acre fire under tundra grass control. The BLM Alaska Fire Service says there are seven cabins and numerous Native allotments within the area of the blaze. …
The BLM says as of Tuesday morning, Alaska has had 118 fires with 3150 acres burned so far. Of those, 93 are determined to be human-caused. Two are still unknown, with the rest either naturally or lightning-caused.