Alaska

Fires in Eastern Alaska

22 June 2005


In eastern Alaska, smoke from numerous fires (marked in red), most triggered by lightning, was lingering in the Yukon Flats region and spilling southward toward the Delta River and the Alaska Range Mountains and westward along the course of the Yukon River. This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on June 21, 2005 (source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/)


click on the scene for a 500m resolution

The fire at Sheenjek River (Alaska Fire Service, Upper Yukon Zone) started on Fish and Wildlife Service land 12 miles northeast of Ft. Yukon. The fire is now 64,000 acres in size and government representatives have been meeting with the residents of Fort Yukon to discuss contingency plans, should the fire grow any closer to the community. Crews and air support on the Sheenjek River fire continue to work on burnout operations from the Nuntragut Slough north to the 2004 Winter Trail Fire burn area. Cabins and outbuildings remain threatened. The fire burned actively due to high winds.

Following scenes show a time series of fires in Eastern Alaska from June 20 to 22.


20 June 2005


21 June 2005


22 June 2005

The links provide a 500m resolution for all scenes.

Source:  MODIS,  all scenes from AQUA

Latest BLM Fire Weather maps and Lightning Occurrence maps

The GFMC displays selected and daily updated  Fire Weather Forecasts for Alaska. These examples allow a quicklook and provide daily  total forecasts. For background information refer to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Fire Weather Index – Forecast
22 June 2005

Fire Potential Index – 21 June 2005

Lightning strikes – 21 June 2005


Source: Alaska Fire Service


Source: Alaska Fire Service


Source: National Weather Service

For background information on theFire Situation in Alaska see:


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