California fires: Pictures show San Francisco ‘looking like Mars’ in ‘apocalyptic scene’

Skies turn orange and red during large fires as the thick smoke blocks out short colour wavelengths such as yellow, blue and green, while longer wavelength colours, such as red and orange, can still make it through.

According to NASA, the wildfires this year have been astonishingly vast, with 20 major fires and fire complexes actively burning across California in early September.

Data from the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite have shown the LNU Complex had burned 375,209 acres (586 square miles) by September 2, making it the third-largest wildfire by acreage in state history.

Vince Ambrosia, a senior research scientist at California State University-Monterey Bay, working at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said: “All these events were lightning-caused and burning in remote Mediterranean-ecosystem shrub and forested regions.

California fires: NASA satellites reveal poor air quality
California fires: NASA satellite images map spread of 2020 wildfires
California fires: Why are fires in California getting worse?

Article source:

Related posts

Heatwave ALERT: Study warns future heatwaves could kill MILLIONS

Times of News

Space Station: See the ISS transit the Sun in these beautiful NASA pictures

Times of News

Archaeology news: Scientists stunned by ‘cradle of humankind’ findings

Times of News