The Woolsey Wildfire
The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has left a scar on the landscape so large that it is easily visible from space. As of November 24, 2018, Cal Fire reported that the fire was 100 percent contained and had burned 97,000 acres (393 square kilometers, or 152 square miles). The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this view of the burn scar. The colors in this falsecolor infrared image (bands 3, 2, 1) have been enhanced to simulate a more natural appearance. Burned vegetation appears brown and unburned vegetation appears green. Buildings, roads, and other developed areas appear light gray and white. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens.