Last update: October 20th, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a massive smoke plume that is visible over one of the 12 wildlifes that are currently active in the state of California.
Heavy rainfall may have ended a long drought in the state, yet the dead trees and vegetation that resulted from the persistent dry spell have provided fuel for several major fires in California over the last few weeks.
The Mendocino Complex Fire has become the largest in the state’s history, burning more than 300,000 acres as it continues to grow.
This image was captured on August 6, 2018, by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory