Fires Scar Alaska Landscape

In the last two years, fires have burned on either side of the Tanana River, near the city of North Pole and Eielson Air Force Base, south of Fairbanks, Alaska.

These images were acquired by Landsat 8 on May 26 and July 13, 2013. The red area on the west side of the image is the scar left by the Dry Creek Fire that burned over 48,000 acres during summer 2012.

The Stuart Creek 2 Fire started June 19, 2013, in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of the river near Eielson Air Force Base. It has burned over 85,000 acres and is only partially contained as of July 22. Extreme terrain, high vegetation, and dry, windy conditions continue to make firefighting efforts difficult.

So far this summer, over 70 fires have burned over 1 million acres in Alaska.

Landsat data are routinely used for analysis of wildfire pattern, burn severity, and vegetation recovery.

Stuart Creek Fire
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Thursday, July 25, 2013