Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am
The fire prompted the formation of a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, which occurs when heat from the fire forces the air to rise. Once it has reached a high enough elevation, the air cools and the condensation of water vapor creates the cloud.
This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory