In an effort to extend his training season, defending Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey, 28, is taking climate control into his own hands. He’s equipped the trailer with a refrigerator that cools the unit down to almost freezing. In those chilly temperatures, Seavey runs almost full teams on the device for about an hour at a time.

Suzanna Caldwell,Loren Holmes
Heavy, cold rain pours in the Alaska Range, and the feel of snow is in the air. Sled dogs have had their first meals of pink salmon and seem ready to run for another winter.John Schandelmeier

The Chlupach-Steves house is one of seven that the Willow Community Rebuild Project is helping rebuild following the Sockeye wildfire, assisisting with everything from procuring building materials to construction help to supplying furnishings.

Bob Hallinen
Champion mushers and rookies alike met in downtown Fairbanks Saturday during the first day of signups for the 2016 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.Associated Press
Prize money for the main event, the Kusko 300, will top $130,000.Lisa Demer
At the Sled Dog Sanctuary, Raven Vinter takes in abandoned Alaskan huskies that have nowhere else to go.Laurel Andrews
A group of volunteers has come together to help out the many sled dogs displaced by the Sockeye Fire in Willow.Associated Press
With the Sockeye fire still unpredictable late Monday, mushers who frantically evacuated their dogs Sunday afternoon waited to hear whether their kennels still stood and whether they’d need to seek further refuge as the fire moved through the Susitna Valley. Suzanna Caldwell
The Willow mushing community is rallying around Dianne Maythorne and Nick Kimlinger, the couple who lost their home and 13 dogs in a fire Monday.Zaz Hollander
Yukon Quest leaders announced a $38,000 surplus at their annual meeting Thursday, the largest surplus the organization has seen in 6 years.Associated Press