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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.

The smoke that is billowing from the wildfires currently plaguing Canada have taken the jet stream express into the United States.

Smoke from Alaska and Canada Fires Dives into the Continental U.S.

Smoke from fires burning in Siberia have generated a lot of smoke that has blown across the Pacific Ocean and is causing reddish sunsets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on January 14, 2015.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite detected hundreds of fires burning in various countries in western Africa on December 23, 2014.

Fires that were assumed to be agricultural in nature seem to be subsiding in this Terra satellite natural-color image taken on November 02, 2014

This NASA satellite image is of the Egyptian River Delta. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. Each hot spot, which appears as a red mark, is an area where the thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument recognized temperatures higher than background.

Canadian wildfires have been raging this summer and some of the smoke from those fires is drifting downward into the U.S.

Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa, and smoke and fires were detected by NASA's Aqua satellite. Most of the fires were burning in the southern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola.

Fires burning in Sumatra continued to pour smoke over the region in mid-March, 2014, bringing air quality to dangerous levels.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite captured this visible image of smoke from California's Colby Fire on January 16 at 20:29 UTC/3:29 p.m. EST.

The MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke and detected the heat from the Pfeiffer Fire near Big Sur, California on December 16 at 21:05 UTC/4:05 p.m. EST.

The Progression of California's Rim Fire

The Rim Fire is now the largest in the United States in 2013 and the fourth largest fire in California since records began in 1932.

The Wallow Fire burned over 500,000 acres, making it the largest fire in Arizona history, to date. It is one of many large fires that fire managers and researchers have seen scorch forests nationwide since the early 2000s.

The winter of 2013 was among the driest on record for California, setting the stage for an active fire season.

Rim Fire in California

The Rim Fire began in California on August 17, 2013. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. This fire is treacherous and has tripled in size in the last few days to now over 106,000 acres. The fire had been 5% contained, but the fire jumped fire lines and is currently only 2% contained.

Fires Around Darwin, Australia

One of the first things astronauts noticed when they rode into space in the 1960s was the smoke plumes.

Quebec, Canada Wildfires

A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires southeast of James Bay were recorded as part of a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 3-4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station. This image was recorded on July 3.