Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:16 pm
JUNEAU - Dozens of wildfires in the Yukon Territory sent a thick haze to parts of Southeast early last week, with lifelong Juneau residents calling Aug. 3 the haziest day in memory.
It was the hottest July on record in the Yukon's history. Combined with minimal precipitation, the weather has created a recipe for fire, said George Maratos, a fire information officer with the Yukon Territory government. Last week he said there were more than 60 fires burning in the territory, most of which were started by lightning.
The fires range in size, but most of them are in wilderness zones that have little property or few communities at risk, Maratos said.
The amount of smoke in parts of Southeast Alaska led the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to issue an air quality advisory in effect through noon last Wednesday.