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In mid-August 2018, deadly blazes across the western United States and Canada created thick plumes of smoke.The VIIRS instrument on the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image (top) on August 15, 2018. Smoke is seen hovering over much of western North America and central Canada. Read more at NASA's Earth Observatory.
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020 at 3:25 PM EST