Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

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Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

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A tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss.
This image posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released by NASA, on Aug. 20 shows Western states, California at left, shrouded in smoke from the more than 100 large fires, including smaller fires within each complex of fires, that have erupted across the region during this fire season.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

A tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, Calif., firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during the River wildfire near Lakeport, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss.
This image posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, released by NASA, on Aug. 20 shows Western states, California at left, shrouded in smoke from the more than 100 large fires, including smaller fires within each complex of fires, that have erupted across the region during this fire season.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

Standing rain water pools where a Fountaingrove neighborhood home once stood in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wildfires that have long shaped the landscape of the U.S. West are getting bigger and burning longer – bringing more choking smoke, deadly mudslides and habitat loss. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

Flames from the Ferguson fire burn down a hillside in unincorporated Mariposa County Calif., near Yosemite National Park. Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Hot, dry winds can whip flames into firestorms that leave behind charred wastelands prone to erosion and mudslides.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

This Dec. 7, 2017 photo by NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik from the International Space Station shows smoke from California wildfires. Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

Smoke from California’s Carr and Ferguson fires blowing eastward across the western United States. Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained.

Wildfires reshape landscape of the U.S. West

This satellite image posted Aug. 20 shows several of the larger wildfires in both Oregon, top, and California. Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year.
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