Provided by the SeaWiFS Project,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
2000 continues to be the worst fire season in the United States in
decades. By August 8, 2000, fires in Montana and Idaho had burned more
than 250,000 acres. Resources were stretched so thin that Army and
Marine soldiers were recruited to help fight the fires. President
Clinton visited Payette National Forest to lend moral support to
Dense smoke from Idaho and western Montana is visible stretching all
the way to North and South Dakota in this image from the Sea-viewing
Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). The image was taken on August 7,
2000. Although the primary mission of SeaWiFS is to measure the biology
of the ocean, it also provides stunning color imagery of the Earth's
For more information about fires in the U.S., visit the National
Interagency Fire Center.
To learn more about using satellites to monitor fires, visit Global Fire Monitoring and New Technology for Monitoring Fires from Space
in the Earth Observatory.
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