Extreme heat and fire scorch central Spain • Earth.com

Extreme heat and fire scorch central Spain

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows where a large fire has broken out in a rural area of central Spain about 75 miles west of Madrid. 

The fire was ignited when a car burst into flames on a highway in the province of Ávila, and forced the evacuation of eight villages.

According to NASA, the flames have scorched more than 40 square miles of woodlands, brush, and pastures across central Spain. 

Extreme hot and dry conditions accelerated the spread of the fire. On August 14, which is the day the fire broke out, the Montoro-Vega Armijo weather station recorded the highest-ever temperature in Spain of 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

The image was captured on the afternoon of August 15, 2021 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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