A handful of large fires were burning in Oregon and Northern California as fall approached in 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the two states on September 15. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked with red dots.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center report on September 16, the Rattle Fire was an estimated 5,733 acres and 25 percent contained, and the Lonesome Complex was 5,886 acres and 15 percent contained. Structures were threatened in both locations, and some evacuations were in effect. The Klamath Complex was an estimated 182,693 acres and 75 percent contained. Some of the fires in the Klamath Complex had been burning since the first weekend of summer.
A pair of fires in Oregon grew more than 9,000 combined acres between September 18 and 19, 2008, according to the National Interagency Fire Center on September 19. The Lonesome Fire was the larger of the two, at an estimated 15,500 acres; the Rattle Complex was only slightly smaller, at 14,227 acres.