December 3, 2020. (Click Here for high-resolution view.) Fire season in California generally peaks from May through October. But as global temperatures have risen, so too has the state’s risk for fall season fires. These images show late-autumn fires burning southeast of Los Angeles, alongside the scars of fires from […]

October 22, 2020 On October 14, 2020, a small fire started north of Hot Sulphur Springs in north-central Colorado. Within ten days, the East Troublesome fire had burned through more than 190,000 acres (77,000 hectares) and had become Colorado’s second largest fire (by area) on record. As of October 26, […]

This map overlays the probability of burn severity in California’s northern coastal mountains, as forecasted in a UC Davis study, with burn perimeters of wildfires burning in September 2020. Credit: UC Davis From Berryessa to Klamath Mountains, High-Severity Burns Quadrupled During Warm Drought High-severity wildfires in northern coastal California have been […]

Credit: NASA Worldview The year 2020 will be remembered for being a very trying year and western wildfires have just added to the year’s woes. So far in 2020, California has experienced 7,606 fires and those fires have consumed 2.3 million acres. Washington and Oregon have also been hard hit […]

Wildfires April 9, 2020. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview In early April 2020, satellites observed several wildfires in northern Ukraine around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Hundreds of firefighters and at least eight airborne units were working to extinguish fires in the Denysovets, Kotovsky, […]

Wildfires blazing in Siberia, as seen by one of the Sentinel 2 satellites on June 11th. (Source: Copernicus Sentinel image data processed by Pierre Markuse) I started writing this post last week after seeing the stunning satellite image above showing a blazing Siberian wildfire. When I returned to finish the […]