Outdoors
OUTDOORS Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairba As I sit typing this column, I smell smoke. The molecules of fire-killed black spruce trees and tundra plants have wafted from a mushroom cloud on the Tanana Flats into the buildings on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. With three quiet fire years behind us, 2009 is a noticeable fire year.

Above-average fire year follows lean years

Smoke from fires on the Tanana River flats, summer 2009.
Photo By Ned Rozell
Smoke from fires on the Tanana River flats, summer 2009.
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