This is pretty cool. With the fires we've already seen the customary "you can see the smoke from space" photos, but thanks to a kickass satellite we can actually see the fires as they progress into Yosemite Park. From everyone's favorite Bad Astronomer:

Suomi-NPP was designed specifically to observe the Earth’s land, ocean, and atmosphere, looking for natural and human-driven changes. The highly-sensitive camera used here can look at faint phenomena illuminated by the Moon, or by man-made lights. Fires show up very well this way; last year in August it took eerie pictures of the remote Russian wildfires that were burning out of control.

image from NASA


Here's a bonus video of the fire from a MAFFS aircraft.

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