A charred palmetto palm remains after a brush fire is extinguished near Headquarters Building in the Industrial Area of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The fire was ignited by a lightning strike.
The space center is nestled on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Chenega Security & Support Solutions is responsible for Kennedy's Fire Rescue Department. For information on the refuge, visit http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/Index.html. For more on Kennedy Space Center, visit http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky