Fires in Los Angeles County

Fires in Los Angeles County

9 September 2009

On 30 August 2009, the Station Fire was aggressively spreading north of the city of Los Angeles. The northward-viewing camera of the Multi-Angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer(MISR) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the fire mid-morning on 30 August. Heat, drought, and dense, dry underbrush all contributed to the Station Fire’s rapid spread.

Besides smoke plumes that blow toward the northeast, the fire has spawnedpyrocumulus clouds—tall clouds with well-defined borders, similar to regular cumulus clouds but produced by combustion. The clouds appear as opaque white patches hovering over the smoke.

MISR observes the sunlit Earth continuously, and views the entire planet between 82 degrees north and 82 degrees south latitude every nine days. MISR was built and is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, California. JPL provides additional information related to this image.

(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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