NASA captured a violent scene of the fires from space, where a fire broke out in central Colorado on October 12, which started small and then swallowed more than 190,000 acres in just 10 days, and detected the image of the Earth on the Landsat satellite from a height of 438 miles above the fire, which is considered the second The largest fire recorded in the state, and 20% of it is currently contained.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the natural color photo shows a detailed view over the dense smoke streaming from the fire, while the second image, modified in bright colors, highlights the energetic flames, broken earth and pristine vegetation.
Fire image in color
The rapid growth of wildfires was driven by high winds and pine forests weakened by drought and the spread of bark beetles.
NASA’s OLI Center is satellite onboard instruments that combine detailed images of the Earth with a 16-day repeat cycle, and it captured its most recent work, the colossal fire that burned in Colorado.
NASA image of the nature of the fire
The eastern fire started north of the sulfur hot springs in the north-central region of the state and achieved great growth on October 21, moving from an area of 30,000 acres to 170,000 acres, however, the fire has now burned 193774 acres, which is approximately 3,030 square miles.
Snow fell from the sky this week slowing the spread and helping firefighters keep the blaze out of Estes Park, where more than 6,000 people have been evacuated.
NASA reports that the rapid growth was driven by strong winds that blew flames east in the Rocky Mountains, and the fire also made its way through pine forests, as the trees are stressed due to lack of water, as well as by beetles that feed on the dry bark.