The month of August brought a rare severe thunderstorm to California. The accompanying nearly 14,000 lightning strikes that hit the state by early September ignited over 900 fires.
The August Complex fire started as 37 different fires in California’s Medocino Forest on August 17, 2020. With the complex over 325,172 acres in size, the fire is only 23% contained as it burns in five counties: Glenn County, Mendocino County, Lake County, Tehama County, and Trinity County (as of September 6, 2020).
On September 2, 2020, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of smoke from the August Complex fire and other fires burning in California as it blows out over the Pacific Ocean.
Smoke blows over the Pacific. (2020, September 3). NASA Earth Observatory. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147213/smoke-blows-over-the-pacific