In the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in northern Washington, a complex of two large fires that started in July continued to burn on August 2, 2006. The Tripod Complex Fire was burning in beetle-killed lodgepole pine forests and had grown to more than 40,000 acres as of August 3, according to estimates from the National Interagency Fire Center. West of Lake Chelan, the smaller Tin Pan Fire continued to burn as well.
This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on August 2. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.
In the first week of September 2006, five large fires were burning in northern Washington: the Tripod Complex, the Tatoosh Complex, the Cedar Creek Fire, the Flick Creek Fire, and the Tinpan Fire. This image from September 7 shows active fires and thick smoke over the area.