The latest satellite images released by NASA show the severity of the wildfires,media CNET reported. The Suomi NPP satellite is operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The true color view of the United States, which begins Monday, shows the effects of many active wildfires, just as the exact location of red in the image is.
“It’s a cloud of smoke from California to Arkansas, and there’s a haze over the East Coast,” NASA said in a press release Tuesday.
California is a major source of smoke because of the state’s severity of fires, including one caused by fireworks at a gender-exposed party. Other western states have not escaped the destructive effects, as wildfires have spread across the Pacific Northwest and Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
The Suomi NPP team also released an image of aerosols released by the fire. “This image shows an important crimson range, which means that aerosols in the area can be potentially dangerous to the health of people in the area.” NASA said.
Aerosols associated with wildfires can travel in high-altitude winds. The EPA is calling for a variety of potential health problems associated with aerosols, including respiratory and cardiovascular problems.
A large part of the U.S. mainland is being affected by some of the severe fires of 2020, and it’s not over yet. The National Weather Service warned Tuesday that “another day of critical to extreme fire weather conditions” could lead to “very dangerous fire behavior and spread.”