Dry Conditions Fuel An Alaska Wildfire That’s Bigger Than Chicago

ThinkProgress: Alaska is battling a huge wildfire this Memorial Day. In the last 24 hours the fire has spread to become bigger than Chicago, prompting officials to issue an order for about 900 people as it threatens Alaska`s Kenai Peninsula, a region south of Anchorage. With just 30 percent of the fire`s 243 square miles contained, 1,000 structures have been evacuated. Large wildfires are familiar to the region, where 1 million acres burn annually, and yet it is unusually early in wildfire season to see a fire......

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