Massive Tundra Fires in Western Alaska Threaten Fishing Communities
Fishermen and their families in St. Mary’s on the Yukon and in Dillingham and King Salmon in Bristol Bay were breathing a bit easier earlier this week when wildfires are no longer advancing their way. Residents of St. Marys evacuated as the East Fork fire — currently 125,000 acres — came within 3.5 miles of the Yukon River community.
In Dillingham, the Iowithla River Fire, then burning some 36,500 acres, advanced to within 9.5 miles of the largest population center in the Bristol Bay region, just a few weeks away from peak fishing ...
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