Thick wildfire smoke covers Alaska • Earth.com

Last update: July 16th, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows thick smoke lingering over the state of Alaska, where an unusual and persistent heat wave is fueling wildfires.

Near Fairbanks, clusters of lightning-triggered wildfires have been burning for nearly three weeks. A second cluster of fires was ignited on July 5 in an area south of the Koyukuk Wilderness.

By July 9, there were 38 large fires burning in Alaska that had consumed a total of 697,000 acres.

This image was captured on July 8, 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

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By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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