July 8 News: Wildfires — In Alaska — Force Evacuations Of People And Sled Dogs

Adding to the more than 1 million acres of Alaska burned this year, another wildfire near Fairbanks prompted evacuations of more than 1,000 and threatened homes. [Anchorage Daily News]

A wildfire sparked by an Army artillery exercise burned close to the communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley on Sunday, forcing an evacuation of hundreds of people and animals in the heart of Alaska’s Interior dog mushing country.

The Stuart Creek 2 fire, which started on June 19 but flared up last week, had burned 40,249 acres northeast of Fairbanks largely on Fort Wainwright land as of Sunday morning and was zero percent contained, said Michelle Weston, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the head of the firefighting team in charge and the Fairbanks North Star Borough asked residents and businesses between Chena Hot Springs Road Mileposts 18 and 34 to evacuate, Weston said.

By Sunday afternoon, 843 residents and 434 structures had been evacuated, along with scores of sled dogs and livestock, Weston said. The Tanana Valley Fairgrounds had taken in dog teams, a horse, chickens, turkeys and a “big pig” as of Sunday night, according to an incident command Twitter feed.

“Warm dry weather is hurting firefighting efforts” in Alaska.

The train derailment and crude oil-fueled explosion in Quebec on Saturday killed at least five people, with 40 still missing, according to police. [New York Times]

The Marshall Islands are grappling with both rising sea levels and devastating drought. [Climate News Network]

As oil and gas emissions become the primary source of volatile organic compounds in Colorado, public health officials are looking at new rules to protect residents. [Denver Post]

A new report showed that Australia is five times more likely to face heat waves because of global warming. [Guardian]

After the deadly wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona, fire experts are pushing for more direct action on preventing future fires with controlled burns. [USA Today]


Scientists investigate more deeply the connection between pine beetle kills and forest wildfires in Colorado. [Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network]

As Nigeria faces threats from increasing floods, droughts, and heat waves, the government is beginning to more directly address the idea of climate adaptation. [Reuters]

Soaring temperatures are doing a number on U.S. infrastructure, buckling pavement and warping railways. [NPR Science Friday]

Louisiana Highway 1, an essential highway for the fossil fuel industry, is threatened by rising seas and eroding lands and requires hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure investments. [Huffington Post]

The Primary Industries Minister of New Zealand has proposed cutting climate research by $10 million. [New Zealand Herald]


Vienna is trying out electric buses that use the overhead power lines of older trains to recharge on the go. [New York Times]

Germany produced a record amount of power from solar energy on Sunday: 23.9 gigawatts nationwide. [CleanTechnica]

The Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in New York City’s JFK airport, completing a multi-leg journey across the U.S. [AP]

The bike share system in New York City may open the city, reduce pollution, and cut congestion, but it also proves one thing: “If you build something, New Yorkers will find a way to lean on it.” [New York Times]