1. Fires in Washington State

Fires in Washington State

Image captured by the MODIS instrument, on board the Aqua satellite, on 23 August 2015.

Wafires 23 Aug 2015 Aqua Lg

Image of fires and smoke in Washington State and the neighboring states of Idaho, Montana and Oregon. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on board the Terra satellite on 23 August 2015. The group of fires in the north-central portion of Washington State,the Okanogan Complex, is the largest in Washington State's history and has burned almost 400 square miles. Fires are also burning in other parts of Washington State as well as neighboring states mostly due to lightning strikes and exacerbated by hot, dry weather and drought conditions.

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Sources: Washington Fire is now the Largest in State's History. Newsweek. Okanogan Complex. InciWeb.

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017 at 12:19 PM EDT