Fires in idaho and Oregon

Fires in the Northwestern United States

15August 2006


Fires in Oregon

Several fires were burning in the Cascade Mountains of northern Oregon on 14August 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. Places where MODIS detected actively burning firesare marked in red. The largest of the fires was the Lake George Fire, which theNational Interagency Fire Center estimated to be about 800 ha and 5 percentcontained as of 15 August.

AQUA 
14 August 2006

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

Fires in Idaho

In wilderness areas of central Idaho’s Salmon River,Bitterroot, and Sawtooth Mountain Ranges, numerous fires were burning in mid-August 2006. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead on 14 August, the sensor detected more than a dozen active fires(locations marked in red) burning in the area. Across the state line in Montana, several fires are visible as well. Although there are no large cities in thearea, residences, ranches, communications and power infrastructure, historic and recreationalsites, and mining resources are threatened by the various blazes. The remote location and rugged terrain make fires in the area difficult tocontain. 

AQUA 
14 August 2006

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

(source: EarthObservatory)

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center


 

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