Cameron Peak fire is now the largest in Colorado’s history • Earth.com

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

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows smoke plumes from the Cameron Peak fire in northern Colorado.

In mid-October, dry weather and strong winds significantly fueled the fire. By October 21, it had consumed 206,000 acres in the mountains west and northwest of Fort Collins and Estes Park.

The Cameron Peak fire has now become the largest in Colorado’s history, exceeding a new record set just last month by the Pine Gulch fire, which burned 139,007 acres. 

Meanwhile, a couple hours north of Denver, the East Troublesome Fire picked up momentum on Wednesday. The blaze is currently spreading so quickly that it is burning about 6,000 acres per hour.

The image was captured on October 16, 2020 by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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