NASA’s Aqua and NOAA-20 satellite captured the smoke arising over California state.

Credit: NASA

California experienced a spree of fires caused by more than 12,000 lightning strikes in August. In many ways, the blazes were unprecedented. Climate change is a driving factor, but another major cause of the fires is excess fuel, which allows them to grow so big so quickly, in part because of a century of fire suppression. The number of dangerous and extremely hot “fire days” in California is also on the rise.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: capradio

Reference: A Smoky Inferno (NASA Earth Observatory)
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