Nasa Earth Observatory

Global Maps – NASA satellites give us a global view of what’s happening on our planet. To explore how key parts of Earth’s climate system change from month to month, click on one of the maps below.

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NASA satellites give us a global view of what’s happening on our planet.

Fire Map – On Earth, something is always burning. Wildfires are started by lightning or accidentally by people, and people use controlled fires to manage farmland and pasture and clear natural vegetation for farmland…

observations from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
The fire maps show the locations of actively burning fires around the world.

Fire is a recurring part of nature. Wildfires can be caused by lightning striking a forest canopy or, in a few isolated cases, by lava or hot rocks ejected from erupting volcanoes. Most fires worldwide are started by humans, sometimes accidentally and sometimes on purpose. Not all fires are bad!

Natural Hazards
Sand Fire Burn Scar – Thousands of local residents have been advised to evacuate more than 10,000 homes. At least 18 structures and buildings have been destroyed. High temperatures and shifting winds, coupled with long-term drought, have fueled the blaze…

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The Sand Fire in Southern California has already left its scorch mark on the landscape. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the burn scar while the fire still raged on July 24, 2016.