Fires in Los Angeles County

Fires in Los Angeles County

2 September 2009


On the evening of 31 August 2009, theIncident Information System, estimated the size of the Station Fire, north of the city of Los Angeles, at 105,296 acres. The Los Angeles Times reported that the fire had burned 74 structures and remained out of control, spreading both west and north. As of 6:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on 31 August, some 12,000 homes were threatened. Fire fighters struggled to save the Mt. Wilson Observatory from the encroaching fire.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image around 2:05 p.m. local time (21:05 UTC) on 31 August 2009. Red outlines indicate high surface temperatures associated with wildfires, and almost reach Mt. Wilson. A long plume of smoke blows away from the fire toward the northeast.

(source: earth observatory)

The current situation in California is covered by a number of detailed reports (see GFMC Media web page):


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