As fans from around the world raise money for displaced mushers, a group called Willow Community Rebuild Project has rallied a local volunteer force of about 150 people and major amounts of material and equipment to build homes for at least seven families devastated by the fire.
Leo Lashock, a Willow Fire Department officer and recreational dog musher, was evacuating residents in the path of the explosive Sockeye Fire Sunday when he realized his house was gone. On Thursday, Lashock's neighbors brought his dog team home. Zaz Hollander
Sixteen employees at the McGrath forward-operating base are being laid off July 1. The state defends the budget cuts as necessary, but Alaska forestry director Chris Maisch acknowledges that the situation is “not ideal.” Laurel Andrews
Fire warnings continue to hover over much of Alaska, and authorities in Anchorage, Wasilla and elsewhere say people need to find something besides pyrotechnics to celebrate Independence Day. Zaz Hollander