The “Rim Fire” became one of the largest in state history during late August, and its massive, semicircular shape shows up dramatically in satellite images.
The Suomi NPP satellite’s day-night sensors captured the image to the right at about 1:40 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on August 23, 2013.
Because the moon was only two days past being full, landscape features and even coastal low cloudiness showed up due to reflected moonlight.
The lights of Northern California’s sprawling metropolitan areas, and highways, were also clearly visible.
And the expanding flames from the Rim Fire itself also shined brightly just outside Yosemite National Park.
The firestorm had burned more than 100,000 acres by the time this image was taken, blackening approximately 162 square miles of brush, oak and pine trees in steep and hard-to-reach terrain.
Also visible in the image is the coastal low cloudiness over the Pacific, parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and down the Salinas Valley to the southeast of Monterey Bay.
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