Wildfires burning overnight in Portugal • Earth.com

Last update: April 9th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at wildfires burning overnight in Portugal.

The wildfires were ignited by lightning on June 17, 2017 in the mountainous area of Pedrógão Grande, located about 100 miles northeast of Lisbon. Since then, the flames have spread across the region, so much so that at night they have been visible from space.

The fires have killed more than 60 people, prompting The New York Times to name it “Portugal’s worst forest fire in more than half a century.”

This image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on onboard the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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