August Complex Fire has become the largest in California’s history. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Goddard features a satellite view of the August Complex Fire, which has now become the largest wildfire in California’s history after burning more than 1,000,000 acres.
The August Complex has been burning for nearly two months after the blaze was ignited by lightning, and is currently only 58 percent contained.
The image was captured by NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite.
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States of America. With 39.5 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area, and is also the world’s thirty-fourth most populous subnational entity. California is also the most populated subnational entity in North America, and has its state capital in Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation’s second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California’s most populous city, and the country’s second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation’s most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country’s second most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.
Image Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)