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Large Fire Patterns

The largest fire size (left) and number of large fires (right).  For the last 10 years, Alaska's large fires have had an inverse pattern to those in the lower 48, suggesting that a single large-scale weather pattern influences both.

The largest fire size (left) and number of large fires (right). For the last 10 years, Alaska's large fires have had an inverse pattern to those in the lower 48, suggesting that a single large-scale weather pattern influences both.

Alaska’s prevalence of large fires has been opposite of that in the lower 48 due to large-scale weather patterns, such as the position of the jet stream. This data was sourced from the NIFC, plus the addition of the Anaktuvuk fire. Although this data set is the best available, it is unlikely to be complete. 

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