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Earth in the News: Wildfires

Every year, hundreds of thousands of wildfires burn roughly 350 million hectares (850 million acres) of Earth’s land surface. Satellites in NASA’s Earth Observing System are used to monitor active fires, track smoke, and map burn scars. Satellite data help with recovery efforts, and help scientists understand interactions between fire and Earth’s land, air, water, vegetation, and wildlife.


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory:

Adaptation of text and images to ViewSpace by Margaret W. Carruthers and Dani Player
Music courtesy of Music for Nonprofits


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!