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On August 21, 2020, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite captured natural-color imagery of smoke plumes from wildfires in California and other parts of the American West. As of August 21, fires had caused more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes in California. The blazes threatened thousands of buildings and took at least six lives, according to news media. Fires have consumed more than 700,000 acres (2,800 square miles) in California since August 15.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. Caption by Kasha Patel.
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Wildfires in California have consumed more than 700,000 acres since August 15, 2020.
Fire season in the West can stretch from late spring until seasonal winter rains and snow arrive.
One of the largest and most destructive fires raging across California over the weekend of July 4 was the Basin Fire, threatening Big Sur, and covering the coast in a thick blanket of smoke.