As of the morning of
October 30, 2019, the Kincade Fire had grown to more than 76,000 acres (308 kilometers) burned, with much of the activity on the eastern side of the fire. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP acquired this image of the fire’s smoke in the early afternoon on October 29. As of October 30, the fire was 30 percent contained.
Fire season in the Western United States stretches from late spring until the winter rains arrive near the end of the calendar year. Climate change has made the past few years warmer and drier, intensifying some natural fire cycles.