Scenes from Space #15

NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of the western coast of Mexico on November 19, 2005. The red boxes in the image mark the locations of wildfires in the dry shrub lands of northern Baja California. The Santa Ana winds blow hot, dry air from the deserts to the east, which dris out the plants in this area. Once a fire starts, the winds fan the flames into an uncontrollable wildfire.