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Western Wildfires in the United States, 2012

Idaho Fires, September 2012
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Idaho Fires, September 2012

Smoke and natural wonders fill this scene shot from the International Space Station.

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze Fires

Pine Creek Fire Burn Scar
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Pine Creek Fire Burn Scar

A fire in southern Montana destroyed homes in the small town of Pine Creek and left this burn scar.

Land Fires

Seeing Through Smoke
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Seeing Through Smoke

The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) can “see” through thick wildfire smoke. On September 18, 2012, the satellite instrument captured this view of the burn scar beneath a heavy plume of smoke from the Mustang Complex fire in Idaho.

Image of the Day Land Fires

American West Continues to Burn
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American West Continues to Burn

In a year that is on pace to break records, wildfires burned throughout Idaho, Washington, and Oregon in September.

Image of the Day Heat Land Dust and Haze Fires

Trinity Ridge Fire
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Trinity Ridge Fire

The Trinity Ridge fire in central Idaho was one of many fires burning in Idaho in August 2012.

Land Fires World of Change

Wildfires Send Smoke Across the United States
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Wildfires Send Smoke Across the United States

Satellite sensors track aerosols from the U.S. West Coast to the Great Lakes in mid-August 2012.

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Fires

Night View of Western Wildfires
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Night View of Western Wildfires

An instrument on Suomi NPP captured these unique views of fires burning in the United States.

Heat Land Fires

Western Wildfires
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Western Wildfires

In August 2012, lightning sparked numerous wildfires that burned throughout the western United States.

Image of the Day Land Fires