Current forest fires in the United States

Forest Fires in the United States  

12 August 2013


This map depicts fire activity in California & Great Basin West Nevada as detected by MODIS over the last 6, 12 and 24 hours since 3 AM MDT on 12 August 2013, and cumulative fire activity detected since the begining of the calendar year.
USDA Forest Service,Remote Sensing Applications Center.


Butler, Salmon River Complex and Corral Complex fires in California. The areas in red are abnormally warm surface temperatures.

Wildfire near Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. The area in red is abnormally warm surface temperatures.

These images, were taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on theAqua satellite. They show fires burning in California on 11 august 2013 at 21:50 UTC. Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).


Lightning started four large wildfires in central Idaho in early August 2013. After igniting on August 8, the Elk Complex fire and Pony Complex fire both grew rapidly on August 10, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’sAqua satellite acquired this image. The red outlines show the fire area as detected by MODIS.

The Elk Complex Fire appears to have generated a large pyrocumulus cloud, which is formed by fire-heated air that rises rapidly into the atmosphere. The Elk Complex Fire threatened hundreds of homes and forced evacuations in the Pine-Featherville region and in the small community of Prairie. It is the highest priority fire in the nation. By August 12, the fire had burned 90,249 acres of grass, brush, and conifer stands, making it the second-largest active fire in the United States.


On August 5, 2013, theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onAqua captured this image, which shows smoke rising from the Douglas Complex fire and the Big Windy Complex fire in southern Oregon.
To the south, the Salmon River Complex fire and Orleans Complex fire burned in northern California. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire.


Recent Media Reports on Fires in the United States: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):

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