A Look at the Devastating Wildfires From Space


Wildfires are a major source of concern for all of us. They are ruining our environment and the habitability of our planet. However, if you want to learn about the effects of these devastating wildfires, you've come to the correct spot. We have highlighted 5 devastating wildfires from space in this post so that you can see how damaging these wildfires are.

These are actual photographs captured from space. NASA provided these pictures.

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Devastating Wildfires From Space

1. Smoke and Fires in Central Russia


In mid-September 2016, flames were still raging in Siberia, despite the region's active fire season.

The natural-color image above, captured on September 18, 2016, by NASA's Aqua satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), shows massive plumes of smoke heading northwest. MODIS identified exceptionally warm temperatures connected with fire in the areas highlighted in red.

2. Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks


The Blue Cut fire in California garnered widespread notice in August, prompting 82,000 evacuations. Fires in other states, on the other hand, have charred hundreds of thousands of acres this year. The Pioneer fire in Idaho burnt over 81,000 acres, while the Rail fire in Oregon consumed over 28,000 acres.

Recent fire seasons, according to researchers, are a preview of more active wildfires in the future. Even if emissions from industry and motor vehicles have decreased in recent decades, such fires are likely to worsen air pollution.

3. Wildfire along the California Coast


According to InciWeb, the Soberanes fire had burned 40,618 acres (bigger than San Francisco) and firefighters had only contained 18 percent of the perimeter by noon on August 1. At least 57 houses and 11 structures were destroyed. Six state parks were closed, and hundreds of people were evacuated. One man has died.
More than 5,200 firefighters were involved in putting out the fire.

4. Fuller Fire, Arizona


On June 19, 2016, lightning struck the Grand Canyon's North Rim, igniting a fire. The Fuller fire has scorched almost 14,000 acres since then (56 square kilometers).

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of smoke blowing from the fire on July 16, 2016. MODIS observed exceptionally warm temperatures connected with fire in red areas.

5. Wildfire on the Kamchatka Peninsula


On June 7, 2016, the Suomi-NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) took this natural-color image of a major wildfire burning in Russia near the west coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. 

The hot patches with red borders are where VIIRS observed warm surface temperatures connected with fires. According to the University of Wisconsin CIMSS satellite blog, smoke from the blaze was dragged into the circulation of a weak area of low pressure over the Sea of Okhotsk. A deck of low-level stratus cloud may be seen beneath the smoke.


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