Fires in the United States

Fires in the United States

5 August 2008

Forest fires continued to burn in the mountains of northern California in August 2008. Many of these fires began in late June 2008 during a weekend of extreme lightning activity. This natural-color image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on 3 August 2008. Places where MODIS detected active fires are outlined in red. Smoke pools in many of the canyons. According to the August 4 situation report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the fires labeled in the scene affected an area just under 335,000 acres.


3 August 2008

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

(source: earth observatory)

This GOES-11 satellite image taken at 2330 UTC on 03 August 2008 shows the Le Hardy fire in Yellowstone National Park had a narrow plume of dense smoke. This fire is 65 miles west of Cody, Wyoming. The Gunbarrel fire is in Shoshone National Forest about 40 km west of Cody. This fire has a plume of very thick smoke that extends to the east.

IMAGE D6140: GOES-11 <> Image Type=combine <> 08/04/2008 23:30 UTC.


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