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NASA satellite images Alaska's scorched earth

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska, July 31 (UPI) -- Alaska was on pace for a record-breaking year of wildfires, but an uptick in precipitation has cooled things.

Even if fires have died down in recent days, the evidence of the state's combustible summer is still readily apparent -- even from space.

A newly acquired false-color photo take by Operational Land Imager, the camera on NASA's Landsat 8 satellite, shows the damage done by the Tanana fires in central Alaska.

Though recently quelled by rain, the Tanana fires burned for much of June, forcing the town's 300 residents to evacuate. As evidenced by the aerial image, the fires burned 496,000 acres. The flames' scar can be seen in brown.



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