Fire from above


A satellite view reveals the staggering size of a wildfire.


The Thomas fire was the largest in California’s modern history.
The Thomas fire was the largest in California’s modern history.
NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua Stevens

The Thomas fire was the largest in the modern history of California, tearing through more than 113,000 hectares of the US state of California from early December 2017 to late January 2018.

This false-colour image combines light from the visible spectrum with infrared data to show the burning areas in orange and show the enormous size of the fire.

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