- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The threat of fires in the nation’s largest national forest has subsided.

CoastAlaska reports (http://is.gd/tT0JSa) Tongass National Forest Fire Information Officer Seth Ross says a fire warning has been rescinded.

Continued dry, warm weather last week prompted the warning. Hunters, hikers, boaters and campers were asked to be extra careful in extinguishing fires because conditions were right for fire activity.

Ross says it appears the area is now coming out of that warm, dry period into normal Southeast weather and that prompted the cancellation of the warning.

There’s an average of 17 fires a year in the Tongass rainforest.

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