Lolo Complex Fires Blow Up

Lolo Complex of fires from Aqua satellite, 2:00 MDT 8/19/2013, courtesy NASA/GSFC, Rapid Response

Lolo Complex of fires from Aqua satellite, 2:00 MDT 8/19/2013, courtesy NASA/GSFC, Rapid Response

The Aqua satellite happened to capture a picture of the Lolo Complex fires at exactly the same moment they “blew up in perfect conditions,” according to the Missoulian.  I had to stitch together the version above from the edges of this image, and I didn’t bother to do any spherical correction or anything, so you may notice a few weird artifacts.  The 22-mile Canyon Ferry Lake in the lower right corner can be used for scale.