Williams Fire Northeast of Los Angeles

Williams Fire Northeast of Los Angeles

In the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, the Williams Fire, which began on Sunday evening, September 22, 2002, spread rapidly over the next several days. This true-color image of the fire was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 25, 2002. The fire perimeter detected by MODIS is marked with a red outline. The ability of MODIS to detect thermal signatures even through smoke is one of its important contributions to fire management strategies.

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  • Data Date:

    September 25, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    September 26, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration