Fire East of Los Angeles

Fire East of Los Angeles

8February 2006

A fast-moving wildfire prompted the evacuation of 2,000 homes in Southern California Monday and Tuesday.The Sierra Wildland fire has burned more than 3,500 acres since Monday as it moved through the Cleveland National Forest. Santa Ana winds fueled the blaze as it moved closer to neighborhoods in Anaheim and Orange in Orange County. Officials advised hundreds of residents to leave the area Monday afternoon. More were evacuated Tuesday morning.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported. More than 600 firefighters are battling the wildfire. Weather officials said wind gusts reached 60 mph Monday afternoon. Tuesday’s weather was not expected to help the situation as more wind and dry weather are predicted.

Battling the fire is also a challenge because of the difficult terrain in thearea. The wildfire started early Monday morning. The cause is not yet known.

Latest satellite scenes:

(source: OSEI)

Smoke from the forest fire in Cleveland National Forest pooled over Los Angeles, California, on6 February 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead and captured this image.

6 February 2006
17:35 hrs UTC

(source: EarthObservatory)

The actively burning part of the fire that MODIS detected is outlined in red, and gray-brown smoke swirls over the city and spreads out over the Pacific Ocean at imageleft.

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