Heat, Drought and Lightning Spark Upsurge in Wildfires

Wildfire activity is really picking up in California and Oregon, thanks to extreme drought, high temperatures and lightning crackling across the region.

In California alone, the area burned by wildfire has quadrupled since last Wednesday.

The animation above consists of natural and false color satellite images acquired yesterday by NASA’s Aqua satellite. In it, I count at least five wildfires. The biggest plume, toward the top, is streaming from a fire in the lightning-started Beaver C

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