Firefighters among the hundreds still battling the weeks-old Funny River wildfire stumbled upon human remains, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
On Sunday, June 1,, a fire crew near Sterling located the remains.
Troopers responded to the scene with the assistance of the fire crew's helicopter.
There were no identifying items on site, but the bones were photographed, and troopers are turning to the Missing Persons Clearinghouse to identify any possible leads.
"This is a perfect example of why we have the clearinghouse," said AST spokesperson Megan Peters. "It gives us a starting place."
The database is composed of data and reports from law enforcement agencies across Alaska and includes details of anyone reported missing.
Troopers said the "bones" appear to have been there for several years, so information learned from cold cases and from the medical examiner could prove critical.