Fires in Alaska and Yukon Territory
May 30, 2013
Big wildfires, including the Big Mountain and Bull Creek fires, burned in Alaska and Yukon Territory in early June 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on June 7, 2010. The red outlines are hotspots associated with high surface temperatures characteristic of wildfires. All the fires send their pale gray smoke toward the west. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported a total of 40 wildfires in the state as of June 7. The same day, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reported that 14 fires had been active during the previous day. Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Ecological succession, Fire, Spacecraft, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Aqua, Wildfire, Occupational safety and health, Earth, Spaceflight