2012 was an extraordinary year for wildfires in the United States. According to records maintained by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, show that more than 9.1 million acres had burned as of November 30, 2012—the third highest total in a record that dates back to 1960. NASA images by the Science Visualization Studio. Caption by Adam Voiland.
This image of the current wild fires in the southwestern United States, at Wyoming Range in southwestern Wyoming, was captured by expedition 31 crew member aboard the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA ISS031-E-146306 (27 June 2012)