Fires in Northern California

Fires in Northern California

15September 2006

Strong winds fueled the Bar Complex fire in Northern California on 13 September 2006. The fire started as two separate fires on 24 July  2006, when lightning struck the ground in Shasta Trinity National Forest. By 13 September the fires (known jointly as the Bar Complex) had burned 20,560 hectares and were 49 percent contained at a cost of 32.3 million dollars, said the National Interagency Fire Center’s Incident Report. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqus satellite captured this photo-like image of the fires at 2:25 p.m., local time, on 13 September.

13 September 2006

Dense smoke is blowing east of the fires (outlined in red) on strong winds. The Bar Complex fire forms a long wall through the dark green forest-covered Klamath Mountains. To its north burns the smaller Uncles Complex fire, which was threatening historical structures and cultural resources, said the National Interagency Fire Center. East of both fires is the snow-capped Mt. Shasta, one of the largest volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

Fire activity was high throughout the western United States on September 13. Numerous large fires can be seen in the large image, which is provided at MODIS’ maximum resolution of 250 meters per pixels.

(source: EarthObservatory).

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center

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