Butler 2 Fire, Southern California

Butler 2 Fire, Southern California

19 September 2007

Nearly two thousand residents of communities in the San Bernardino Mountains had to evacuate their homes over the weekend of  15 September 2007, when a fast-spreading wildfire raced through the San Bernardino National Forest. According to the USDA Forest Service’s Incident Information Website, the Butler 2 Fire was an estimated 15,433 acres and 12 percent contained on 17 September.

15 September 2007

This image of the Butler 2 Fire northwest of Big Bear Lake was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on Saturday, 15 September. The area in which MODIS detected actively burning fire is marked in red. A thick plume of smoke cuts northeast across the Mojave Desert.

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

(source: EarthObservatory)

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