The Largest Wildfire In New Mexico's History Is Devastating To Look At From Space

NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites have been tracking the massive wildfire in western New Mexico, created when two blazes from separate lightning strikes on May 9 and May 16 merged.   

The Whitewater-Baldy Fire, now the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history, has consumed nearly 400 square miles, which is about a one-third the area of Rhode Island. 

As of today, only 20 per cent of the mammoth fire has been contained.  

The image below was snapped on June 4, 2012. The heat from the fire is outlined in red. The dark puffs of white in the right picture are pyrocumulus clouds, a type of cloud that forms form heat created by the fires, NASA says.  

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New Mexico Wildfire

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