Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am
This false-color photo was captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite.
The oil fires were first detected by NASA satellites in May 2016 and burned intermittently for months. Since July 2016, the flames blazed daily until finally being extinguished on April 4, 2017. According to Rudaw, 18 of the 50 oil wells in the region were set on fire by militants.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory