Fires in Northern Washington

Fires in the Western United States

29July 2006

The western United States was wilting under widespread hot temperatures in late July 2006. In blazing heat, firefighters were working to contain numerous wildfires in several Western states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Idaho. This image of the area was captured on27 July by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. 

27 July 2006

Four of the largest blazes (as of 28 July) have been labeled: the4,800-ha Tripod Fire in Washington; the 11,700-ha Foster Gulch Complex near the Oregon-Idaho state line; the1,800-ha Sage Fire in California; and the 12,000-ha Winters Fire in northern Nevada. For more information on fires in the UnitedStates, visit the National Interagency Fire Center Website.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 500 meters perpixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

Latest GOES-12 image:

This multispectral combined image was taken on 28 July 2006 andshows a wildfire in three miles east of Piedmont, South Dakota, producing a denseplume  of smoke that snaked northeastward.

(source: OSEI)

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center




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