Fires in Montana, Wyoming and California

Wildfires inCalifornia, Montana and Wyoming

20July 2006

Fires in California

The Sawtooth and Millard Complex Fires in southern Californiaeast of San Bernardino merged on Friday afternoon, 14 July 2006. This pair ofimages of the two fires was captured on 14 July before the two fires joined. Thetop image is a photo-like, natural-color satellite image captured by theEnhanced Thematic Mapper Plus sensor on NASA’s Landsat satellite. The dullvegetation of this semi-arid region at the western edge of the Mojave Desertappears brownish, while canyons and bare spots appear tan. The false-color imagebelow includes satellite observations of shortwave and near-infrared lightreflected from the ground. In this view, vegetation appears bright green, burnedareas appear deep red, and actively flaming fire fronts appear hot pink. Smokeappears blue.

Landsat 7- ETM+
14 July 2006

These fires were burning in an area with large expanses of dead trees that were killed by pine barkbeetles. As of 19 July 2006, the Sawtooth Complex Fire was 24,900 ha and fullycontained, while the Millard Complex Fire was about 9,700 ha and 57 percentcontained. According to reports from the National Interagency Fire Center, 221 structures were lost in the Sawtooth Fire.

Wildfires in Montana and Wyoming

Fires have been racing through sagebrush, timber, and grasslands in Montana throughout mid-July 2006. On18 July, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of fires along Fort Peck Lake in northern Montana. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. Burned areas appear darkbrown.

18 July 2006

The Soda Creek Fire was about 9,300 ha and 5 percent contained as of19 July, and the Black Pulaski Complex of fires totaled about 21,000 ha and was about 20 percentcontained.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center

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