Three hundred firefighters from across the United States and Canada are expected to be in Alaska by late Wednesday night to assist with the fifty-three fires that are currently burning. Currently, there are two major fires threatening rural highway communities, with new wildfires coming quickly thanks to lightning sparking dry areas over the last few days.
Pending how long It takes to get through United States customs, four water-scooping aircrafts from Alberta will also land in Anchorage on Wednesday to assist with the fires.
Fires like these are common in Alaska as it experiences dry, hot summers frequently. However it is the frequency of new fires that has had officials call in extra aid to prevent fires from damaging more property and becoming unmanageable.
So far, twelve square miles have burned, including twenty-five homes and up to twenty more structures.