Some features of this site are not compatible with your browser. Install Opera Mini to better experience this site.

Smoke and Fire in Alaska

Smoke and Fire in Alaska

Fires have raged throughout Alaska in 2015. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image on July 12, 2015. Actively burning areas, detected by the thermal bands on MODIS, are outlined in red.

According to the most recent update from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, about 300 fires were actively burning when MODIS imaged the area. To date, fires have charred a total of 4,705,226 acres (1,904,137 hectares) in Alaska. That puts the 2015 fire season in sixth place on a list of Alaska’s largest fire seasons.

NASA images by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.