The Landsat 8 satellite captured this picture of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8.


NASA/Joshua Stevens with Landsat information from the U.S. Geological Study.

Continuing a ruthless year for California fires, the Camp Fire near Chico is growing at a wild rate. NASA is tracking the destruction from above.

NASA and the United States Geological Study’s Landsat 8 satellite got a take a look at the fire on Thursday that reveals locations and an enormous smoke plume routing throughout the landscape. The brilliant areas near the leading program where the fire is active as seen by the satellite’s infrared view. The remainder of the image remains in natural color.

The USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center shared a various variation of the Landsat 8 image to Twitter on Friday.

The Camp Fire 90 miles north of Sacramento has actually stimulated evacuations and currently torn through the town of Paradise, leaving much of it in ruins. A California fire tracker approximates that it’s burned 70,000 acres with extremely little containment since Friday. Strong winds are making complex the fight to bring it under control.

NASA launched an annotated view of the fire on Friday revealing the areas of towns affected by the fire and its smoke. Active fire areas are highlighted with red.

NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite recorded this take a look at the Camp Fire on Nov. 8.


NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Info System (EOSDIS).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produced an animation of the Camp Fire and plume utilizing information from its Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite.

The reason for the Camp Fire, which is being sustained by dry conditions, is not yet understood.