Heading southeast from Fairbanks will take us into the area of several major fires. It is
something we have been hoping would go away. But there are still 97 active fires in
Alaska and it does not look like they will be out for one or two more months. 5.1 million
acres have burned so far this year. That's larger than the state of New Jersey. |
Just 12 days ago the fire consumed 4.7 million acres. It grew by 400 thousand acres in just 12 days.
When we left Fairbanks we were not sure if we were heading to Dawson City, Yukon, or to Haines, Alaska. We want to see them both but we will make that decision based on the fire situation. Tok, Alaska, is where we will have to decide. Which ever road has less smoke at that time we will take. It hasn't rained in this part of Alaska for months.
We stopped at the visitors center in Tok to get the latest fire information. They gave us a map of the area with the active major fires located. The 3 major fires on the Taylor highway going to Dawson have jumped the highway and one is giving the fire fighters a very hard time. The road is still open, but we may have to be escorted due to the dense smoke. Also, 45 miles of the Taylor highway is not paved.
The Alaska Highway also has a fire about to touch the highway about halfway to the Haines Junction where we turn off for Haines. We decided to continue on to Haines.