Current forest fires in the United States

Forest Fires in the United States  

03 September 2013

The image shows the spread of the fire between 19 August and 2 September, 2013, as reported by fire managers on InciWeb. Each day in the period is represented by a different color, and the difference from one day to the next shows how much the fire burned that day.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

The fire was extremely active on some days and less active on others, depending largely on weather conditions. For example, much of the burning in Yosemite National Park occurred on August 26, when crews reported extreme fire behavior. The fire extent is overlaid on a topographic map to illustrate just how challenging the terrain has been for firefighters. The Rim Fire is burning in a mountainous, difficult-to-access area, making aerial support essential for managing the fire.

Natural-color view of the Rim Fire on 31 August, 2013 as observed by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite. Plumes of smoke rise from the active front and obscure the view of the fire area.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this view of the fire and smoke on August 31, 2013. Red boxes outline the active fire areas detected by MODIS. The smoke is brown and smooth in texture compared to the bright white clouds.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the Rim fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park on August 30, 2013. The image, based on ASTER’s observations of visible and infrared light, highlights the contrast between burned and unburned vegetation. Unburned vegetation appears bright red, whereas burned areas are gray. Thick plumes of smoke are also visible billowing from the fire.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

American and Rim Fires in California.
This map depicts fire activity as detected by MODIS on 29 August 2013. Shows fire and cumulative fire activity detected since the begining of the calendar year for California & Great Basin West (California and Nevada)
USDA Forest Service, Remote Sensing Applications Center.

This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite, shows the American Fire and the Rim fire affecting Yosemite National Park in Central Eastern portion of California on 28 August 2013.
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected, edited and interpreted by GFMC).

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite tracked the growth of the Rim Fire between 23 and 26 August. The VIIRS day-night band is extremely sensitive to low light, making it possible to see the fire front from space at night. The brightest, most intense parts of the fire glow white, exceeding the brightness of the lights of Reno, Nevada, to the north.  Pale gray smoke streams away from the fire, generally to the north.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory

Image taken on 22 August, 2013 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, showing the drought-fueled Rim Fire burning in central California, near Yosemite National Park.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

Recent Media Reports on Fires in the United States: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):

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