A hot, dry start
to summer has sparked a record number of wildfires in southern Alaska
NOAA geostationary satellites
have captured striking images of the fires burning across south-central and southwestern Alaska since early June.
Lightning strikes from
thunderstorms are sparking these early-season wildfires
As of Thursday
(June 30), 157 active fires were burning across Alaska.
In just one month,
wildfires in the state have burned more than 1.6 million acres
A threshold that
Alaska has not reached this early in the fire season in decades.