Severe fire threat continues in the western United States • Earth.com

Last update: September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows fire activity in the western United States that has been fueled by heat and drought.

Many new fires were ignited or intensified by powerful wind storms in the Pacific Northwest over Labor Day weekend.

When this image was captured by Aqua and NOAA-20 satellites on September 7, 2020, smoke was lingering over several western states. 

According to NASA, some fires grew so hot that they created pyrocumulus “fire clouds” that carried smoke several miles into the atmosphere. 

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

 

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