Note: Astute readers prone to idle speculation will find much upon which to mull in the final three panels of today's installment. In order to keep the wilder theories in some sort of check, let it be known that the sensors being used in the first panel are attached to a star-orbiting satellite that arrived in this system by unhappy accident during the failure of an experimental extragalactic teraport. It is badly damaged and cannot report to anyone where it is, so in order to pass the time it looks for interesting things. During the time-period designated "G31" it has seen twelve interesting things, of which Kevyn's forest fire is the twelfth. The contrail was number eleven. The remaining ten were astronomical observations of little consequence.
The other bits of speculation-bait are the apparent damage to the forward blade of the mercenary warship Touch-and-Go, and Ennesby's eye patch. Explaining those is beyond the scope of this footnote, so have at 'em.