Fires in the Western United States

Fires in the Western United States

1August 2006

Strong winds and dry conditions were challenging firefighters combating the Winters Fire in northern Nevada in late July 2006. As of31 July, the blaze was estimated to have burned 75,700 ha of sagebrush and grassland. Two small towns, ranches, mining operations, and telecommunications infrastructure were threatened by the fire, which was showing extremebehavior. 

30 July 2006

This image of the fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on30 July. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. The fire was active in many places on itsperimeter. The burned land is dark brown. Areas of sparse vegetation or arid land aretan, while pockets of denser vegetation appear in shades of green.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 500 meters per pixel and shows much of the western UnitedStates, including a cluster of smoky fires in northern California.

(source: EarthObservatory)

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center




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