Scale of California's deadly Camp Fire shown in satellite photos

By Tariq Malik
November 13, 2018, 1:49:01 PM EST

As wildfires continue to burn in California, new satellite photos show the massive scale of the deadly Camp Fire that has devastated the state's northern town of Paradise.

The new wildfire photos, taken Friday (Nov. 9) by DigitalGlobe's WorldView 3 satellite, show striking views of the Camp Fire as it continues to grow in northern California. Natural-color satellite photos show thick smoke from the fires around Paradise other nearby towns. Other views taken with WorldView-3's shortwave infrared instrument, which can peer through the smoke, reveal the fire lines as the wildfire spreads.

"As you will see in the images, the wildfires are extensive and spreading through the area," DigitalGlobe representatives said in a statement.

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This annotated DigitalGlobe image overlays location information on a view of the deadly Camp Fire in northern California taken Nov. 9, 2018 by the WorldView-3 satellite.Credit: Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.


NASA has been tracking California's late-season wildfires with its Earth-watching Landsat 8 and Terra satellites since the Camp Fire began on Thursday (Nov. 8). The fire ignited in an area about 90-miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

"Strong winds pushed the fire to the south and southwest overnight, tripling its size and spreading smoke over the Sacramento Valley," NASA's Kasha Patel wrote in an update Friday (Nov. 9). The Camp Fire has only grown since then.

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