Satellite images: Arizona wildfires

Satellite images: Arizona wildfires

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Satellite images: Arizona wildfires

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on June 9, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 5:17 AM

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The huge smoke plume from the massive Wallow Fire burning the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona is visible from space. NASA has captured several images from its satellites.

Since the Wallow Fire started on May 29, the fire has grown to become the second-largest wildfire in Arizona's history.

Ongoing winds out of the southwest have not only fanned the flames, they've pushed the smoke clouds as far east as central Iowa. That's a distance of more than 1,000 miles.

The dense plume of smoke pouring north from the massive fire has affected air quality as far north as Wyoming and as far east as Georgia.

The actively burning fire can be seen outline in red in the NASA images.

While most of the images came from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite, views were also caught by the MODIS on the Terra satellite, as well as the Landsat-7 satellite.

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