Wildfires burned north of the city of Los Angeles County on August 29, 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image around 2:20 p.m. local time (21:20 UTC) the same day. Red outlines show hotspots where MODIS detected high surface temperatures associated with fires, and the hotspots roughly correspond with fires described by California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. A department bulletin, issued August 30, 2009, stated that the Station fire was 5 percent contained, affected 35,200 acres, had destroyed 3 residences, and threatened 10,000 more. As of August 30, the Morris fire, affecting 2,168 acres, was 95 percent contained.
Smoke from both fires blows northward from the flames, away from the metropolis of Los Angeles, and east of the deep green agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley.
Acquired on the afternoon August 29, 2009, this image shows fires burning north of the city of Los Angeles. Hotspots associated with the fire correspond with the Station and Morris fires described by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Acquired August 30, 2009, this true-color image shows hotspots and smoke associated with the Station Fire in Los Angeles County. The hotspots remain west of Mt. Wilson, the site of critical communication centers.