Wildfires in Anchorage? Climate change sparks disaster fears

A brush fire burns in South Anchorage, Alaska, on July 2, 2019. A recent series of wildfires near Anchorage and the hottest day on record have sparked fears that a warming climate could soon mean serious, untenable blazes in urban areas — just like in the rest of the drought-plagued American West. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

In this photo provided by the Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection, Tanker 540 drops a load of retardant in 2022 on the Elmore Fire near Anchorage, Alaska. (Mike McMillan/Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Research on a flat spot for air evacuations. Talk of old-style civil defense sirens to warn of fast-moving wildfires. Hundreds of urban firefighters training in wildland firefighting techniques while snow still blankets the ground.