The Kincade Fire as seen by Sentinel-2 on October 27, 2019.

The Satellites Hunting for Megafires

The frequency of megafires in California has increased over the past century, largely in concert with “global temperature anomaly” — an analog for global climate change. Rising temperatures create conditions of drought, in which dry vegetation provides ample kindling for potential megafires.
The first 24 hours of the Kincade Fire, as seen by GOES-17 in the thermal infrared spectrum.

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