Fires in the Southern United States

Fires in the Southern United States

16 March 2006

As of Tuesday, 14 March 2006, the East Amarillo Complex Fire in Texas’ northern panhandle had scorched280.000 ha. The complex is made of the Borger and I 40 Fires, which are located east of Lake Meredith, straddling the small city of Pampa. Two of the eight evacuated communities in the area were allowed to return to their neighborhoods as firefighters controlled portions of the fast-moving, wind-driven grass fires.
The death toll from raging wildfires in the Panhandle and South Plains has risen to 11 people.Four bodies were discovered Monday near a car in a ravine. The car appeared to have run off the road. Early evidence suggests the grass fires killed them.Four other people died in a crash on a smoke-shrouded highway and three people have died in fires near Borger.
The fires have burned across more than a thousand square miles of drought-stricken land. Firefighters are still working to control them.

12 March 2006
20:10 hrs UTC

(source: EarthObservatory)

This image of the East Amarillo Complex was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua satellite in the afternoon (1:35 p.m.) of14 March. Places where the MODIS sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. The burned area appears deep brown against the lighter winter-brownlandscape.

(source: OSEI)

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