The Lake McDonald Fire is raging in the US state of Montana as the Glacier National Park is thrown into the hands of a vicious blaze.
Fires have been sparked in the United States over the last few months in what has been a dangerous wildfire season for civilians and firefighters alike.
California has been at the mercy of some of the worst flames, with the Mendocino complex wildfire still ravaging at the main body of the Golden state.
Now the largest wildfire in California history, it seems that other US states have now become victims of the blaze as new fires explode.
Where is the Lake McDonald wildfire?
The northwestern flank of the United States have seen unprecedented heat in recent years, with dry and severe weather beating down in the summer months.
These are perfect tinderbox conditions for wildfires, which are growing quickly due to abundant fuels and strong winds.
Over 10 blazes have now taken root in Montana, and more threaten to break out in the future as hot temperatures pursue.
Located Northwest of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, the fires have spread over a distance of 3,500 acres (5.5 square miles).
Now east of Spokane, the West Glacier Fires have been burning since August 11, and are to continue on into the near future.
The blaze is relatively small compared to other fires in the USA and at the moment only has 78 personnel attached to it.
Objectives of fire departments are now to attempt control over the fire, by protecting local structures and drawing control lines around the flames.
The latest images from the fires show the spread of thick smoke around the region, as the mountains of Glacier National Park hold channels of smoke.
Lake McDonald is now barely visible in the thick haze, and the green of Montana is shrouded away from view.
NASA’s Operational Land Imager on satellite Landsat 8 passed over the National Park to capture the dramatic images.
Fires are easily spotted in the harrowing images, looming over the rocky countryside of Montana.
NASA’s Earth Observatory explained that the topography of the park meant the thickest smoke is visible at lower elevations.
The Observatory said: “The thickest smoke can be found at lower elevations, as the mountains block wind that would otherwise disperse it.
“A number of fires to the west have lofted large, wide-reaching plumes across the Western U.S. and Canada.”
Fire authorities are already employing heavy machinery to tackle the flames, including two CL-215 (Canadian “superscooper”) airplanes and a K-Max Type I helicopter which are being used to drop water on the fire.
Engine crews are also working hard to protect threatened structures and guard against smaller fires breaking out.