Little Bear Fire, New Mexico
The Little Bear Fire, a lightning-sparked blaze near Ruidoso, New Mexico, was discovered on June 4, 2012. By June 11, the fast-burning fire had charred 34,561 acres (139 square kilometers) and destroyed 35 structures. It forced hundreds of people to evacuate.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these views of the fire on June 9, 2012. Red outlines approximate the boundaries of the actively burning fire. A wider view of the same image shows how winds had blown smoke (bottom) both north and south over a large portion of northern Texas.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.