Fires in the USA

Fires in the USA

23 September 2009

A locally dense area of smoke has become detached from wildfires, Boze (red dot to the south) and Tumblebug complex (red dot to the north), over western Oregon. The smoke is seen along and just off the Oregon coast.

IMAGE D6140: GOES-11 <> Image Type=combine <> 9/22/2009 16:00 UTC.


Station Fire Burn Scar

On 18 September 2009, firefighters continued to monitor a 212-kilometer (132-mile) containment line around the Station Fire. Since 26 August, the fire had burned 160,557 acres (650 square kilometers), but authorities expected the fire to be contained by 19 September.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this false-color image of the Station Fire and its surroundings on 16 September 2009. Using a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between burned land, and vegetated or bare land, this image shows the scar from the Station Fire, an irregular patch of brownish red. Vegetation—even sparse vegetation—appears bright green. North of the fire, the Mojave Desert appears sandy pink. South of the fire, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles appears in shades of blue-gray to nearly white.

As of 18 September 2009, the Station Fire was 93 percent contained, although the local weather forecast called for higher temperatures and lower humidity over the coming days.

(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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