The state's fire catalog, Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, updates fire news regularly during the active season, but has not posted an update since July 16 -- A tell-tale sign of a slow summer.
According to the News-Miner, the 2012 "fire season will go down as the second-smallest of the past dozen years." As of August, an estimated 200,000 acres have burned, with no new burns in over a month. In contrast, the average burn during the 2000s "was nearly 2 million acres per year, including a record 6.6 million acres burned in 2004."
The mild fire season is largely due to the cool, damp summer experienced in most of the state, including the fire-prone Interior. According to meteorologist Rick Thoman, July's cool temperatures, coming smack in the middle of the active wildfire season, really kept flames from growing and spreading.