Last update: June 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows thick smoke lingering over British Columbia after lightning storms triggered hundreds of forest fires in July and August.
The region has been hit hard with exceptional hot and dry weather, which has transformed the vegetation and soil.
Mountain pine beetles, native insects that attack pine trees in western North American forests, have added additional fuel for the fires after killing many trees.
The smoke plumes from British Columbia have spread into Washington state and the midwestern United States.
This image was captured on August 13th by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory