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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.

Yarnell Hill Fire, Arizona

On July 1, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Yarnell Hill fire burning in Arizona near the town of Yarnell.

Image from Space: Fires in Nepal

Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops. Several fires in India and many dozen fires in Nepal have been set and are burning in this image from April 13, 2013. This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite.