13 Aug '12, 7pm

Wildfires across California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon glimpsed by our Aqua satellite yesterday.

Wildfires across California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon glimpsed by our Aqua satellite yesterday.

Wildfires raged through Colorado earlier this summer. Now the western states of California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are feeling the heat. On August 13, 2012, numerous fires blazed across the four states, burning through vegetation ranging from sagebrush to grass to beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the fires on Aug 11, 2012. Thick smoke is visible drifting across the region. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires. Three large fires burned through coniferous forests in northern California: the Reading fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Chips fire in Plumas National Forest, and the Fort Complex fire in Klamath National Forest. The largest of the three, the Chips fire had consumed 35,233...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?...

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Night View of Western Wildfires [image] #NASA

Night View of Western Wildfires [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 18 Aug '12, 1pm

For more than a decade, scientists have used data from instruments on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites to map the location...

View of the Holloway Fire burning near the Nevada-Oregon border, from our Aqua satellite.

View of the Holloway Fire burning near the Neva...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 09 Aug '12, 12pm

Sparked by lightning, the Holloway Fire had burned 112 square miles (291 square kilometers) near the Nevada-Oregon border ...