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Map: Tracking Alaska's wildfires

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  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published July 30, 2015

As July turns to August, Alaska's wildfires continue to burn.

Nearly 5 million acres of Alaska forest has been consumed in wildfires this summer, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, with some saying this year may be the state's worst wildfire season on record.

More than 700 fires have swept across the state. Around 300 of the fires have been deemed human-caused, and have burned about 22,000 acres of land; the rest were sparked by lightning, and have burned the vast majority of acreage.

Among the fires staffed on July 30, the roughly 31,000 acre Aggie Creek fire Northwest of Fairbanks burning near the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System; the Long Lake fire, burning near Northway Village; and the Spicer Creek fire northeast of Tanana.

A map created by University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute research associate professor Martin Stuefer and research assistant Christine Waigl as part of the university's Arctic Region Supercomputing Center's UAFSMOKE program tracks the roughly 250 active fires in the state, giving Alaskans an up-to-date look at the number, size and status of each fire.

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