Fires in California

Fires in California

25 June 2008

Hundreds of lightning-triggered forest fires burned across California during the first week of summer 2008. Northern California was hardest hit, with fires in many of the state’s large national forests. This natural-color image of the state was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on Monday, 23 June 2008. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. The fires are considerably smokier than they were

the day before. The large version of the image shows additional fires burning farther south, including a large fire south of Salinas and another near Yosemite.  

23 June 2008

(source: earth observatory)

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

This GOES satellite image taken at 0030 UTC on 24 June 2008 shows several large complexes of wildfires burning across California that are producing dense to very dense smoke that is mostly moving east.

IMAGE D6140: GOES-11 <> Image Type=combine <> 06/24/2008 00:30 UTC


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