August Complex fire leaves behind massive burn scar • Earth.com

Last update: December 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the burn scar from the August Complex fire in Northern California.

The massive complex started out as 38 separate fires that were triggered by lightning on August 16 and 17.

The blaze consumed hundreds of thousands of acres of Mendocino National Forest, and impacted parts of the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers national forests as well. 

According to Cal Fire, more than 4.13 million acres have been consumed by fire so far this year in a total of 8,685 incidents that destroyed 9,200 structures and claimed the lives of 31 people.

The photo was captured on October 19, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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