Alaska Fires Burn as State Hits Heatwave

An area the size of Connecticut has burned in Alaska this year, the state said.  3.1 million acres in total have been destroyed by fire, a loss that comes during one of the hottest periods in decades.

The state set a new record for the earliest day with a temperature above 90, when the mercury hit 91 in the town of Eagle on May 23 — 30 degrees hotter than the average high temperature in May, according to the National Weather Service.

Millions of acres burn as Alaska sweats a hot summer