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November 12, 2018JPEG
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of the Camp Fire on November 12, 2018. The fire started on November 8 and has become the deadliest in California history. More than 5,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, which was 30 percent contained as of November 13, 2018.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Kasha Patel.
The fire has become the deadliest in state history.
Fire season in the Western United States stretches from late spring until the winter rains arrive at the end of the calendar year. Climate change has made the past few years warmer and drier, intensifying some natural fire cycles.
The fast-moving King fire burned in Eldorado National Forest in September 2014.
In many areas, air quality deteriorated as smoke from the destructive fire spread widely across northern California.