Satellites Watch Record- Across Alaska

Breaking Wildfires Burn

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. 

The Daring Spacecraft Is  Doom

Being Sucked Into Fiery