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While the agency's satellites image the wildfires from space, scientists are flying over burn areas, using smoke-penetrating technology to better understand the damage.

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured two recent images of the United States and both images show that the winds have changed yet again, blowing the smoke from western fires back to the East and crossing the continental U.S.

On Sep. 07, 2020, NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite provided two different views of how fires are affecting the U.S. A true-color image of the United States appears on the left side.

As California experiences one of the worst wildfire seasons on record, NASA is leveraging its resources to help.

Suomi NPP Imagery Of California Fires

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured two images that tell the story about the smoke coming off the fires in California. One instrument on the provided a visible image of the smoke, while another analyzed the aerosol content within. The images were captured on August 30, 2020.

More than 650 wildfires are blazing in California after unprecedented lightning strikes, storms, and a heatwave that has set new records in the state and NASA's Terra satellite captured the smoke-engulfed state on Aug. 24, 2020.

Orbital View Of California On Fire

Captured on 19 August 2020, this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows the extent of the smoke from fires currently ablaze in California, US.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Siberian fires criss-crossing the landscape and huge clouds of smoke obscuring large portions of the countryside.

Hot spots dotted the landscape across most of Cuba on March 22, 2020, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA's Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the scene.

The entire southeastern Asian peninsula appears to be on fire.

Huge clouds of smoke spilled off the southeastern coast of Australia in this NASA Terra satellite image taken with the MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on Jan. 31, 2020.

NASA's Aqua satellite and its MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) captured this image of southeastern Australia and the burn scars left behind from the violent and vicious bushfires that raged throughout the area and left destruction in their wake.

Smoke from bushfires blanket the southeast coastline of Australia as the International Space Station orbited 269 miles above the above the Tasman Sea.

NASA's Terra satellite provided before and after imagery that showed the extent of the fires that have been ravaging Australia's Kangaroo Island.

Wildfires are pictured surrounding Sydney, Australia, as the International Space Station orbited 269 miles above the Tasman Sea.

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat.

Thousands of acres damaged by the ongoing Kincade Fire in Northern California's Sonoma County are visible in this new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite.

California's devastating Kincaid Fire located in Sonoma County has grown to over 66,000 acres and NASA's Terra satellite captured this dramatic image of the smoke plume cascading down the coast.

Wherever fires are burning around the world NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite's Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) can track the smoke and aerosols.

Hot and dry. These are the watchwords for large fires. While every fire needs a spark to ignite and fuel to burn, it's the hot and dry conditions in the atmosphere that determine the likelihood of a fire starting, its intensity and the speed at which it spreads.

The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks.

NASA's Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) captured imagery of fires in the Amazon regions of Brazil and Bolivia on Aug. 23, 2019.

Orbital View As Fires Ravage The Amazon

Thousands of fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest.

New data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, aboard the Aqua satellite, shows the movement high in the atmosphere of carbon monoxide associated with fires in the Amazon region of Brazil.

This natural-color image of smoke and fires in several states within Brazil including Amazonas, Mato Grosso, and Rondônia was collected by NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 20, 2019.

Extreme wildfires in British Columbia, Canada, pumped so much smoke into the upper atmosphere in August 2017 that an enormous cloud circled most of the Northern Hemisphere - a finding in the journal Science that will help scientists model the climate impacts of nuclear war.

Siberian Wildfires Seen From Orbit

Hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Siberia, some of which can be seen in this image captured from space on 28 July 2019.

Europe's massive heat wave is on its way out -- and it's leaving a slew of broken temperature records in its wake.

An extremely large fire was seen in a Suomi NPP satellite image in the Northern Territory of Australia on June 14, 2019.

Thick, black, billowing smoke rises over North Cascade, Western Australia in this image taken by NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite on February 21, 2019.

February has just begun and already weather extremes are being seen throughout the country of Chile. In the northern part of Chile one of the world's driest deserts is flooding and in the south some of the planet's wettest woodlands are burning.

Wildfires can cause devastation and are also to blame for more than a quarter of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

South Africa Fires Viewed From Space

South Africa's Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry hot summer months.

Heavy precipitation recently fell in areas of California that were recently devastated by deadly wildfires such as the Camp Fire and the Woolsey fire.

Central Africa Still Lighting Up With Fire

The last image posted of the fires across Central Africa was on October 30, 2018. This image was taken almost a month later by the Terra satellite on November 27, 2018 and shows about the same amount of fire activity in basically the same areas.

As firefighters continue to battle the destructive Camp Fire in Northern California, the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has produced a new map showing damage as of Nov. 16.

Orbital View Of Camp Fire In California

The six-day-old Camp Fire has already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire.

ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires -- including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest in the state's history.

California's Mendocino Complex fire is still ongoing and recently turned the 400,000 (404,532) mark for acres burned.

California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state's borders.

California has been dealing with record breaking fires for the past month and they aren't even halfway through their fire season.

More than a dozen wildfires are burning in the state of California, with several of them threatening life and property.

Drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major fires in the western United States

The Siberian area of Russia is experiencing a huge wave of wildfires in their taiga forests. Hot, dry weather complicates the outlook for getting these fires under control.

The Tasmania Fire Service webpage shows that all fires captured in this Aqua image from April 20, 2018 are, in fact, fires deliberately set for land management.

It is the end of March and wildfires are already breaking out in the South.

The southern California wildfires could be seen by the International Space Station crew.

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the California wildfires in the Los Angeles area on Dec. 6, 2017.

The Suomi NPP satellite's instrument known as VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) detected hundreds of fires burning in eastern Africa on October 15, 2017.

The major fires burning in Northern California's wine country continue to burn relentlessly, forcing additional mass evacuations.

Orbital View Of Wildfires in California

Wildfires continue to cause widespread destruction in the Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley areas of California.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured a large area of smoke from the Long Valley Wildfire that was affecting Yosemite National Park.

The Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument captured a look at huge numbers of fires burning and the resulting smoke in central Africa on June 27, 2017.

Deadly forest fires ignited in central Portugal on June 17, 2017, amid dry, hot conditions.

Wildfires break out in the boreal forests of eastern Russia most summers, but last year was particularly bad.

Fires in India Viewed From Space

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument captured a look at multiple fires and smoke burning in northwest India on May 05, 2017.

Orbital View Of Smoky Mountain Fires

There are several large fires burning in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the smoke generated from them.

The Punjab province in India has even more fires brewing than it did last week.

The Loma Fire in California broke out on September 26, 2016, and quickly spread to be 2,250 acres in size.

NASA scientists and two research aircraft are on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction.

Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa. Smoke and fires in several countries were seen by the Suomi NPP satellite.

Orbital View Of California Fires

In late July 2016, wildfire burned along Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, and north of Big Sur in Monterey County, California.

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite detected thousands of fires burning in central Africa on July 11, 2016.

Wildfires have been raging in Canada's Alberta province for nearly three weeks, causing widespread destruction and forcing thousands of people from their homes. As the blaze grows and shifts, satellites are tracking its movement.

Tim Peake: Thoughts are with all those affected by the fires - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada Credits: ESA/NASA Larger image

The Fort McMurray wildfire in Alberta, Canada, continues to burn and the smoke and heat from the intense fires are detectable by satellite.

In Nepal, the dry month of April always brings an increase in fire activity. However, the fires were particularly widespread in April 2016.

On April 20, 2016, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the Rocky Mount fire in Virginia.

Terra Satellite Tracks Fires on Tasmania

Several hot spots on the island of Tasmania were detected by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite.

Out-of-control bushfires are still raging in Tasmania's northwest.

Fires Detected in Colombia and Venezuela

NASA's Terra satellite collected this natural-color image of Colombia (left) and Venezuela (right) with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on January 17, 2016.

This visible-light image shows dozens of fires burning in Cambodia.

As the agricultural season continues in Western Africa, fires dot the landscape from Guinea to Benin.

Orbital View of Numerous Fires in China

In China, there is a peak in fire activity in October after the maize harvest, although most of the fire activity occurs in June after the wheat harvest.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of numerous fires burning in the transition zone between the Sahara Desert to the north and the greener savannas to the south.