Fires in California

Fires in California
21 July 2004

A fast-moving fire north of Los Angeles, California, forced thousands ofpeople from their homes over the weekend of July 17 and 18, 2004. This image ofthe Foothill Fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution ImagingSpectroradiometer (MODIS) onNASA’s Aqua satellite onJuly 18, 2004. The areas where MODIS detected active fire are outlined in red(Source: EarthObservatory).

Image courtesy the MODISRapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, 18 July 2004.

In the third week of July 2004, several fires sprang up at the urban-wildlandinterface around Los Angeles, California. The Pine, Fooothill, and Crown fires,all flared up suddenly and quickly grew to several thousand acres. This imageshows the area burned by the Pine Fire, which was started by arson on 12 July.The burned area appears bluish-charcoal, while the forested slopes of themountains appear red. The blue line running across the valley floor in the tophalf of the image is the California Aqueduct. This image was captured on July20, 2004, by the MODIS-ASTER Airborne Simulator, which flies on NASA’s ER-2aircraft. The image uses data from bands 5, 4, and 1 from the MASTER instrument(Source: EarthObservatory).

Image by Jesse Allen,based on data from the MASTER Team, 20 July 2004.

Fire Weather & Fire Danger Information
The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) is a contribution of “The Fire Behavior Research Work Unit”, Missoula (Montana USA). The broad area component of the Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) generates maps of selected fire weather and fire danger components.

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