Fires occurred in Colorado, Wyoming and California, United-States

Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response using Suomi NPP VIIRS data.

On the 10th of July, a fire occurred in Colorado burning around 13,000 acres of land in the area. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some images from space. This disaster named Hayden Pass Fire may threaten the life of a protected species – the cutthroat trout – according to the conservationists. However, the fire seems not to have caused any deaths, residents in the nearby areas having been displaced when the fire started.

On the 19th of June, another fire appeared in the state of Wyoming destroying more than 20,000 acres. It still remains on the mid of July although 5 percent of the burn have been reported contained by the firefighters. The VIIRS on the Suomi NPP satellite from the NASA captured images as well.

At the end of July, the VIIRS on the Suomi NPP satellite from the NASA caught some pictures of a wildfire affecting California. It started on the 22nd of July due to high temperatures and burned around 15,000 acres. Twenty houses and two buildings had been destroyed. 

Read more about the Soberanes Fire in California here.

Publishing Date: 

28/07/2016
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