Fires in California

Fires in California
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

In the mountains of the West, fires typically continue to spring up until the winter rains and snows put an end to the season. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Terra satellite on September 29, 2003, shows several fires (marked with red) burning in California. At the upper left, a spot of smoke indicates the location of the Canoe/Honeydew Complex Fire, which is burning partly in old growth redwood forest. Right of the image center, fires are burning the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park. A few fires burning in California's large central valley are probably related to agriculture.

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  • Data Date:

    September 29, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    September 30, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS


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