Smoke from several large forest fires blanketed areas of Northern California in late summer, 1999. On September 2, 1999 four groups of fires in the Plumas and Shasta-Trinity National Forests covered almost 45,000 acres.
With the launch of EOS-Terra scientists will be able to monitor fires such as these more closely, and learn about the effects fire has on the global environment. For more information, see "NASA Demonstrates New Technology for Monitoring Fires from Space" and the Global Fire Datasets.
This image was acquired by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (aboard OrbView-2) on September 1, 1999.
Image Courtesy Norman Kuring, SeaWiFS Project