Aug 24, 2016

The VIIRS instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite took this color-enhanced image of the Maple Fire in Wyoming, August 21, 2016. The instrument uses multiple channels, including visible and thermal imagery, to distinguish cloud, smoke, land, and areas of active fires. A large fire's thermal signature is so strong, and burns area so large, that it is easily detected by the satellite's sensors 512 miles above the Earth's surface.

According to the joint agency incident information system website, Inciweb, the 22,...

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