La Brea Fire

La Brea Fire

17 August 2009

On 13 August 2009, the La Brea Fire in southern California grew by roughly 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers). The fire also spread to the southwest into the Bear Canyon area. As a result, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders affecting residents of Tepusquet, Colson, and Ruiz Canyons, according to the August 13 evening update from InciWeb.

12 August 2009

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this photo-like image of La Brea fire on 12 August 2009. The fire burns west-southwest of Bakersfield, sending a thick plume of smoke toward the southwest. Red outlines indicate where MODIS has detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with active fires.

(source: earth observatory)

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