Fires in USA

Fires in the USA

4 July 2007

Latest GOES image

This GOES satellite image taken on 3 July 2007 at 0100 UTC shows a largefire located three miles north of Neola, Utah. The fire has been producingmoderately dense to dense smoke and moving into Wyoming and Colorado.

(source: OSEI)

Neola North Fire, Utah

“Extreme fire behavior with crowning and spotting” is how the NationalInteragency Fire Center report from Monday, 2 July 2007, described the NeolaNorth Fire in eastern Utah. Crowning means the firehas moved from the surface into the tops of the trees and may be spreadingthrough the forest canopy independently of the surface fire. Spottingmeans that burning embers, branches, or leaves are being carried by the wind andsetting off fires at a distance from the main blaze. The fire only began onFriday, 29 June, but had grown to more than 30,000 acres as of Monday.

1 July 2007

This image of the fire was captured on 1 July 2007, by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Places whereMODIS detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. The fire is burningalong the Uinta River where it flows out of the Uinta Range Mountains toward theGreen River. In the eastern part of the image, clouds mingle with thick smokepouring from the fire.

The bright green webs of vegetation that weave among the rivers flowing outof the mountains indicate agricultural lands. Surrounding natural landscapes aredry, mostly grass and shrublands, appearing tan. Though snow-covered in winter,the peaks of the Uinta Range are exposed rock in this summer scene, with deepgreen forests at lower elevations. Some National Forests in the mountains havebeen closed to the public, and small communities in the area have been evacuated.

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of250 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

The current situation in USA  is covered by a number ofdetailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):

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