Yellowstone volcano FIRE: NASA satellites reveal inferno in park’s BIGGEST ever wildfire

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
By Paul Martin

YELLOWSTONE volcano burst into flames during the raging wildfires that swept through the national park in the summer of 1988 – and NASA has now released incredible images of the blaze.

Tue, Sep 4, 2018

The lightning and human caused wildfires were the single most devastating disaster to sweep through Yellowstone National Park in recorded history.

At the height of the inferno, more than 25,000 firefighters tackled 50 fires, seven of which were classed major wildfires.

When the first September snowfall blanketed the last smouldering patch of Yellowstone, more than 793,000 acres of land had been burned to a crisp.

The gigantic blaze consumed almost 40 percent of the 2.2 million acre park.

Nearly 30 years after the Yellowstone volcano wildfire ended, space agency NASA has revealed the true scale of destruction and rebirth witnessed by the park.

In the summer of 1987, Yellowstone was still a lush and green nature reserve with dense pine forests covering the volcanic plateau.

But just 12 months later the idyllic landscape was replaced with charred trees and grasses – marked in a crimson red in NASA’s Earth Observatory infrared satellite images.

The darker red areas are the most severely burned areas and the lighters red to pink colours were less affected.

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