FAIRBANKS — More than a dozen Alaska firefighters have been sent to the southeastern United States in the past two weeks to help firefighting efforts there, according to a news release from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. 

As of Monday morning, there were more than 38 fires that were 100 acres or larger burning in the southeastern United States. 

The area has experienced weeks of drought and Southern Area Coordination Center recently raised the area’s level of fire danger to Level 5, the highest level. 

Alaskans have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.