This stunning time-lapse video captured by a satellite in orbit shows the scale of the massive Caldor Fire raging near Lake Tahoe on the border of California and Nevada. The video was released by NOAA on Tuesday morning and shows the blaze burning south of Lake Tahoe with a thick plume of smoke spreading to the east.
The GOES 17 satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded the images making up the new time-lapse video on Monday evening (Aug. 30). The satellite’s high-resolution rapid-scan camera was specifically developed to detect wildfires and monitor smoke coverage in near real-time, which NOAA editors then sped up in the new video, according to Space.com.
More information on the Caldor Fire:
- UPDATE: Caldor Fire Reaches Tahoe Basin, South Lake Tahoe Deserted, and Evacuation Warnings Extended to Nevada as Fire Grows to Almost 200,000-Acres in Size
- Has Summertime Use of Snow Guns Become Essential for Saving the Tahoe Ski Industry?
- Caldor Fire Burns Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Area | California Side of Lake Tahoe Basin Under Mandatory Evacuation Order
WILDFIRE UPDATE: From 22,300 miles up, @NOAA‘s #GOES17🛰️ saw the full extent of the #wildfires blazing across northern California yesterday—including the #CaldorFire, #DixieFire and others. Officials said all California national forests will temporarily close starting tonight. pic.twitter.com/GjegTZNmPX
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) August 31, 2021