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The state of Alaska has experienced multiple wildfires in the summer of 2019, with the most wildfires and the largest acreage burned in the U.S. this season to date. The majority of these blazes are caused by lightning strikes according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center as of July 15, 2019.  But coming a very close second are fires caused by humans. The fires are exhibiting active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking and backing. Numerous structures are threatened. 

The NASA Disasters Program is working with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center to provide satellite data products in support of the fires.  

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Active wildfires in Alaska on July 14th, 2019 detected by the MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)