Tundra Aflame

A landscape of a metal bridge, creek, and tundra stretching to the horizon, with puffs of smoke arising from a wildfire about a half-mile away.

Wildfires are an annual occurrence in Alaska. This summer, there have been more than usual; many are caused by lightning strikes.

Not all wildfires pose risks to the villages and camps that dot the landscape of the Alaska bush; in fact, in some places, fire is necessary for the renewal of the ecosystem.

KNOM has kept listeners updated throughout the summer, such as on the fire north of Nome pictured above.

Image at top: A wildfire viewed near the end of the Seward Peninsula’s Kougarok Road, mid-July 2019. Photo: KNOM.