Fires in Alaska’s Yukon Flats Wildlife Refuge 

Fires in Alaska’s Yukon Flats Wildlife Refuge

1 August 2009

Large fires in eastern Alaska’s Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge were billowing out thick plumes of yellowish smoke when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on 30 July 2009. The smoke appears to be relatively close to the ground; in many places, brighter clouds lie over top of the smoke. The large version of the image shows that the smoke covers a wide area of Alaska and western Canada.

30 July 2009

(source: earth observatory)

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