Fire Risk in Fairbanks Decreases

The hot, dry weather in the interior is showing some signs of easing. Fairbanks is expected to top out at 70 degrees today, with clouds, higher humidity and a few rain showers.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Ted Fathauer says the interior conditions are transitioning slightly.

That’s significant following a hot, dry May that spawned a lot of wildfire activity.  Fathauer says May in Fairbanks will go down among the driest in 105 years of local weather records.

Fathauer says May’s precipitation in Fairbanks was just 7 percent of the normal six-tenths of an inch.  He says a weather front currently moving through the area likely won’t result in much rain, but will increase relative humidity into the 40 percent range, a significant change from the teens and twenties that have made for volatile wildfire conditions in recent weeks.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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