Local fire departments have been responding to illegal fires since a burn closure was issued by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources on June 17. Troopers have responded to several calls to put out illegal fires.
JUNEAU - A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said Monday.
BISMARCK, N.D. - Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
■ The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce next meets today at noon at Froso's Restaurant in Soldotna. Larry Persily, assistant to the borough mayor, will provide an update on the Alaska LNG Project. RSVP to 262-9814.
Monday, 2 p.m.:
Rehabilitation efforts will not begin on the Cooper Landing area fires until they are 100 percent contained, said Morgan Warthin, public information officer with the Chugach National Forest.
Anyone in the Sterling area during the last two weeks would have been able to see smoke from the Card Street fire rising into the sky. At the same time, something less visible, but no less present, has been wafting through the air: love.