Officials urge residents to pack and make plans as fire moves closer to St. Mary’s and Pitkas Point

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has issued a disaster declaration in response to the fire, which has grown to an estimated 71,000 acres over the last week and a half.

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The Pacific Northwest heat dome just skirted Southeast. What will Alaska’s own extreme heat waves look like?

This summer has been one of the colder summers the region has had in the last few years. But when compared with summers over the last several decades, it’s still among the hottest.

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