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Fires in Southern California
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Part of the firestorm that swept through Southern California in late October 2007, the Poomacha Fire east of Pauma Valley was still smoldering in a few interior locations as of November 8, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite on November 6 shows the burned landscape of the Poomacha Fire using a combination of visible and infrared light. The burned area in the center of the image is bright pink. Naturally bare (or thinly vegetated) land surfaces are lighter pink. Vegetation is bright green. The fire took its name from a street in a community on the reservation, La Jolla Amago, where at least 8 homes were destroyed.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.
Driven by Santa Ana winds, several large wildfires flared across Southern California over the weekend of October 20, 2007. Before winds died down late in the week, the fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres and forced at least half a million people from their homes. Smoke caused unhealthy air quality in many areas.