‘Swaha’ in 60 thousand acres of forest fire, see satellite image of devastation in California

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The forest fire in California, USA is nothing less than a tragedy. The entire area was blazing for more than a week due to the fire in the Klamath National Forest in Northern California. In the year 2022, it is said to be the biggest and deadliest forest fire ever in California. You can understand from these pictures how big is its scope and the figure of destruction. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this picture on August 6.

According to NASA, the image on the right has been created using shortwave infrared, near-infrared and green light to show the extent of the fire. The smoke has been removed from the picture, which you can see on the left side of the original picture. The fire, which started on July 29, burned wood, timber, and grass over an area of ​​more than 60,000 acres (243 km²). This is a total of 40 percent of this forest.

You can see the smoke in the original picture on the left. Because of this, the air quality of the area had deteriorated considerably. People living in the surrounding areas were having trouble breathing. Seeing the seriousness of the fire, the people living in the surrounding areas were alerted.

According to reports, fire was breaking out at different places in the forest. The fire started inside the Six Rivers Lightning complex on August 5 after a thunderstorm broke out over the forest. There were 12 spots of fire. Due to low wind speed, the smoke coming out of the fire was accumulating in the valleys. Because of this, the air quality in the surrounding areas had become very bad.

Due to the fire, about 90 houses were destroyed and 5 people died. Recent heavy rains have cooled the fire, but floods and debris have swept across the newly burned land. Biologists believe that the river in which this debris will reach can reduce the oxygen level in the river. It is believed that thousands of fish have died because of this. It is not yet known how the fire started.