Fires in Northern California

Fires in Northern California

2August 2006

Several large wildfires were burning in Northern California on August 1, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. Smoke hangs over the forestedmountains.

1 August 2006

Firefighters in the area had their hands full with numerous blazes that were threateningresidences, communications infrastructure, old growth forest, wildlife habitat, and culturalresources. According to reports form the National Interagency Fire Center on 2 August 2006, the1,400-ha Orleans Complex Fire was threatening a municipal water supply. Challenges at the2,600-ha Uncles Fire included steep terrain, limited access roads, and poor visibility from smoke that was lingering near theground. The 1,900-ha Hunter Fire was threatening spotted owl habitat andfisheries.

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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