On fire one of the most beautiful places on earth. In the past, several wildfires have burned at the periphery of Yosemite National Park, however, when the Meadow Fire flared up on Sept 7, 2014, it was the first time in memory that a major wildfire occurred in the scenic heart of Yosemite, next to Half-Dome.
The winter of 2013 was among the driest on record for California, setting the stage for an active fire season. By August 26, the Rim Fire had made its way into the record books. The fire is threatening one of the United States’ greatest natural treasures: Yosemite National Park. Image © Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS day-night band data. Caption by Holli Riebeek.