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Alaska Fires Char Permafrost, Stretch Resources Thin

In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)
In this June 17, 2015 photo from the Alaska Army National Guard, a “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an ANG Black Hawk helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Sgt. Balinda O’Neal/U.S. Army National Guard via AP)

It’s been an unprecedented start to Alaska’s fire season. Hundreds of wildfires are burning there, blackening nearly 5 million acres of the state, and spreading the local resources thin. Nathan Rott has been covering this for NPR and joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd.

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