Wildfire pops up in western Greenland • Earth.com

Last update: July 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows a wildfire burning in western Greenland that popped up in satellite images on July 10, 2019.

The wildfire appeared almost exactly two years after a blaze was detected in the same region in August of 2017.

Greenland has experienced unusually hot and dry weather in recent months, making it much easier for fires to ignite.

The most recent wildfire flared up near a hut on the Arctic Circle Trail and was most likely started by a hiker unintentionally, according to University of Miami scientist Jessica McCarty. 

The image was captured on the afternoon of July 10 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

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