Fire East of Los Angeles

Fire East of Los Angeles

10February 2006


A 6,500-acre fire triggered evacuations of more than 2,000 Southern California homes. Despite gusty Santa Anawinds, no homes had been lost in the blaze in northeastern Orange County.

Latest satellite scenes:

(source: OSEI)

Although evacuation orders had been lifted on 8 February 2006, for many residents forced form their homes by a wildfire in California, an image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite revealed a large burned area and a still-burning northern flank.


AQUA
8 February 2006
4:55 hrs UTC

(source: EarthObservatory)

The image uses both visible light, like a digital photo, and shortwave and near-infrared electromagnetic energy that MODISdetected. This combination of wavelengths of light makes vegetation appear brightgreen, water dark blue to nearly black, and burned areas bright pink or red. Clouds are light blue orwhite. This image was captured by MODIS on 8 February, and shows the location where MODIS detected actively burning fire outlined in red. The bright orange glow in this type of image often indicates areas that contain openflame.


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