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Forest Fires near Fairbanks, AK
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Two large wildfires were burning south of Fairbanks, Alaska, on June
24, when this true-color image of the region was acquired by the
Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). A combination of high
temperatures and light winds were fanning the flames southwestward, away
from Fairbanks. Together, both fires consumed more than 80,000
The largest of the fires burned about 50,000 acres on Fort Wainwright
military land, sending a thick plume of smoke over the nearby town of
Nenana. South of Nenana, more than 250 firefighters and 5 helicopters
were dispatched to fight the other large fire, which had consumed about
30,000 acres. In addition to these blazes, there were thirteen other,
smaller wildfires burning across the state on June 24.
The smoke plumes of several of these fires are visible in this scene,
including the large fire burning near Fairbanks. The snow-capped peaks
of part of the Alaska Mountain Range is visible along the southern
(bottom) portion of this image. To the north we see a number of long,
thin airplane contrails casting shadows on the surface.
Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE