California fire plumes – OVERVIEW – 20 August 2020

At least seven major wildfires were burning across California as early as ~10:30 AM local time on 20 August 2020. They are identified as hot-spots at 4 microns wavelength, highlighted as red dots and superposed on this true-color image from the MODIS instrument aboard the NASA Earth Observing System’s Terra satellite.  Wildfires tend to increase in intensity during the day, and fire activity usually peaks in the late afternoon.

California fire plumes – OVERVIEW – 20 August 2020