Alaska fire season off to a blazing start

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:25 PM ET
By Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press — May 3, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska's fire season has already heated up, with crews scrambling to battle numerous blazes, including a fire from last year's record season that smoldered all winter.

Fire managers said Sunday the outbreaks in Homer, Interior Alaska and Hoonah hit even before some crews have completed their annual training and safety refresher courses held at the beginning of each season.

"Mother Nature is throwing us a curve this year," said John See, a spokesman for the ...

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