Fires in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
acquired May 15, 2014 download large image (2 MB, JPEG, 1800x2400)
acquired May 15, 2014 download GeoTIFF file (4 MB, TIFF)

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected fire activity north of San Diego, California, on May 15, 2014. MODIS also observed fires burning in the Baja California region of Mexico. Red outlines indicate hot spots where the sensor detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires. Winds blew thick plumes of smoke west over the Pacific Ocean. As of May 16, brush fires in California had burned thousands of acres, destroyed several homes, killed at least one person, and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.

Instrument(s): 
Aqua - MODIS

Fires in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico

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