Fire crews are attacking intensifying wildfires in Alaska that together grew more than 450 square miles in one day, officials said Friday.
The smoky wildfires have prompted more residents to flee their homes in voluntary evacuations.
Fire managers said that 28 new fires were logged in the state Thursday, bringing the total to 316 fires burning almost 1,410 square miles.
“It’s definitely a busy season in Alaska,” fire information spokesman Tim Mowry said. “That seems like a huge number to a lot of people, but this is a huge, huge state.”