In northern Washington, two large fires were burning on 25 July 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The location of the Tripod and Tin Pan Fires are outlined in red. Winds appear to have been blowing eastward at the time of the image; smoke blows east over the Columbia River.
AQUA 25 July 2006
According to reports from the National Interagency Fire Center on26 July the Tripod Fire was 400 ha and was burning in rugged terrain with lots of dead and downfuel. The Tin Pan Fire was about 1,100 ha and was burning rapidly through timber. The Tin Pan Fire was triggered by lightning and was being allowed to burn according to a natural resource management plan.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel. It is a mosaic of two satellite images captured about two hours apart.
This multispectral combined image was taken on 27 July 2006 andshows a large wildfire in Okanogan, Washington State producing a dense plume of smoke that snaked northeastward into British Columbia and Alberta, then south into Idaho and Montana.