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Burning Question
Is recordbreaking season a vision of fires to come?
Part 3: Alaska's largest fire years

By Sonya Senkowsky

In millions of acres burned

1956 - 5 million acres
2004 - 4.5 million acres* (as of 7/30/04)
1969 - 4.2 million acres
1990 - 3.2 million acres
1977 - 2.4 million acres

Source: Eric Kasischke, University of Maryland, College Park, National Interagency Coordinating Center and Alaska Interagency Coordinating Center

Related Sites

Division of Forestry Alaska - Active Fire Maps

National Incident Information Center - Fire News

National Interagency Fire Center

Division of Forestry Alaska Department of Natural Resources (includes current fire situation reports and other links)

Alaska Fire Service Reports


Part 1: Fire year burns up the record books
Part 2: How today's blazes help light tomorrow's fires
Part 3: Alaska's largest fire years

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