A massive forest fire broke out near Haifa in Israel today and NASA took a image of it with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Agua satellite. The photo was taken at 12:10pm local time.

You can see a red line on the outside of the fire drawn by NASA. Strong winds fueled the fire.

40 People died thus far of the fire and the fire is now totally out of control (time of writing). The worst hit part is Carmel Mountain region, the IDF allocated all its resources to fight the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

UDPATE: Video of the fire


A new video of the fires from Saar Haber


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