Moonlight Fire, California

Moonlight Fire in California

5 September 2007

Northerly winds drove the Moonlight Fire south through the Plumas National Forest in Northern California on5 September 2007. According to reports from the National Forest Service, the fire had grown to 28,000 acres since its start on3 September, and mandatory evacuations were in effect on 6 September. The cause of the fire was still beinginvestigated.

5 September 2007

This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the fire spreading smoke over the Sacramento Valley on 5 September. The area where MODIS detected actively burning fires is outlined in red. The terrain where the fire is burning has heavytimber, a lot of small fuels (slash) lying on the ground, and 80 percent slopes; the extremely steep terrain is a significant challenge for firefighters.

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters perpixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

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