Fires in the Western United States

Fires in the Western United States

8September 2006

Clear skies over most of the western United States on the afternoon of 6 September 2006, revealed numerous large fires burning in several states. This image of the area from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows places where the sensor detected actively burning fires marked in red. Numerous fires were burning in the mountains of north-central Washington, including the Tripod Complex Fire, which had grown to nearly 66,700 ha, according to the 7 September report from the National Interagency Fire Center. In the state’s southeastern corner, another large fire, the Columbia Complex, had grown to just over 39,000 ha.

6 September 2006

In northern Nevada, a season of heightened fire activity continued with the Sheep Fire, which was over 52,200 ha as of 7 September. (To the northeast, clouds hide the 32,000-ha Amazon Fire, which was visible in the previous day’s image.) Meanwhile, a line of fires stretches across the mountains of northern California. The Pigeon Fire and the Bar Complex were both burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pigeon Fire was smaller—2,100 ha—but extremely active, forcing evacuations and road closures. The Bar Complex was nearly 13,300 ha and threatening structures and watersheds. Previous images of these fires are also available in the Fires in Northern California event.

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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