The Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the fires in Alaska on the 20 May 2014. The top image shows a dense smoke cloud drifting south, while the lower false-color image shows the fire front, flanks, heel and the scar that the fire left (doubt if it is by the fire or dead trees due to bark beetle outbreak) . Some pyrocumulonimbus can be appreciated.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite acquired this image of the Funny River fire in Alaska on 20 May 2014 . A long smoke plume can be seen drifting south and then east. The fire is outlined in red.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory.
On 19 May 2014, the Funny River fire broke out in Alaska, buning by 21 May 20.000 ccres. Several evacuations have been carried-out. The poor air quality is affecting cities and towns such as Anchorage and Homer.
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