Fires in California

Fires in California

30 July 2008

In the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Merced and Mono Lake, a large forest fire raged near Yosemite National Park in late July 2008. This image of the region was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 28 July 2008. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. Smoke fills canyons and hides the surface. Forests are dull, dark green, while cropland in the San Joaquin Valley around Merced is brighter green. Alpine areas (bare ground) around Mono Lake are tan.


28 July 2008

According to the 29 July report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the Telegraph Fire was estimated to be 29,600 acres, having grown 3,470 acres in the previous 24 hours. It was only 10 percent contained. Evacuations and road closures were in effect in the area.

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

(source: earth observatory)

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