Fires in Los Angeles County

Fires in Los Angeles County

7 September 2009

The Station Fire, which raged in the hills north of the city of Los Angeles, left behind a changed landscape. The Advanced Land Imager(ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite acquired these true- and false-color images on 3 September 2009. The true-color image (top) shows skies choked with thick smoke north of the city. The white outline in the true-color image indicates the area covered by the false color image immediately below.

This image combines shortwave-infrared light, near-infrared light, and green light. In this image, a purple-red burn scar fills most of the image, outlined by deep pink hotspots showing the fire’s actively burning front. Land not yet burned appears bright green.

(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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