Smoke engulfed the northern Sacramento Valley in California on 22 July 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite passed over head and captured this natural-color image. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are outlined in red.
22 July 2008
The state has been plagued with a record-breaking number of fires for this time of year following a spate of dry thunderstorms that brought thousands of lightning strikes during the third week of June. Evacuations were in effect on 23 July for areas near the Hells Half and the Iron and Alps Complex Fires. According to the daily report from the National Interagency Fire Center, hundreds of thousands of acres were affected by fires in California. The large version of this image shows the 138,000-acre Basin Complex Fire near Big Sur.
The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.