Fires in California

Fires in California

10 July 2008

Fires in the Yolla Bolly Range Mountains

When NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Northern California’s Yolla Bolly Range Mountains, about 25 miles southwest of Chico, on 6 July 2008, the seven lightning-triggered fires that were part of the Yolla Bolly Complex Fire were mostly hidden by smoke. In places, however, patches of charcoal-colored burned ground were visible. This false-color image uses the sensor’s observations of visible and infrared light to highlight the contrast between burned ground (charcoal), naturally bare ground (tan, such as the alpine regions of Mount Linn), and vegetation (red). According to the 8 July 2008, report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the Yolla Bolly Complex fire was 7,987 acres and 65 percent contained.


6 July 2008

(source: earth observatory)

Whiskeytown Complex fire

Twelve miles west of Redding, California, a fire touched off by lightning in late June 2008 continued to creep through timber and brush in the Whiskeytown National Recreation area in early July. This false-color image of the area was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on July 6, 2008. The use of infrared and visible light in the image highlights the contrast between vegetation (red), naturally bare ground (tan), and burned ground (charcoal). According to the July 8, 2008, report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the Whiskeytown Complex fire was 5,050 acres and 50 percent contained.


6 July 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-11 satellite image taken at 1500 UTC on 09 July 2008 shows moderate and light smoke has spilled eastward into western Nevada from the ongoing fires in northern California. A large amount of moderately dense smoke covers all of the vallies and coastal regions of northern and central California. This smoke area extends nearly 400 nautical miles off the coast.

IMAGE D6140: GOES-11 <> Image Type=combine <> 07/09/2008 15:00 UTC.


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