Wildfire Danger High Until Green Up

Jay Barrett/KMXT/The AP
Though rain is in Kodiak’s forecast for much of this week, fire officials are projecting “above normal” early summer wildfire danger in much of Alaska.
Several small wildfires had to be put out along the Kodiak road system over the weekend, including on Spruce Cape and in Pasagshak. In several instances, illegal use of fireworks is suspected to be the culprit. Officials say May fires are largely preventable, unlike mid-summer when most blazes on the Alaska mainland are caused by lightning strikes.
A warm April and thin snowpack are contributing to the higher-than-normal risk. There’s also early melt-off in many areas. Those two factors boost fire danger in May.

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