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Fires in Los Angeles County

Fires in Los Angeles County

By September 5, 2009, the Station Fire in Los Angeles County was 49 percent contained, according to a report from California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. By that time, the fire had burned 154,655 acres (625 square kilometers), and completely destroyed 76 homes, 2 commercial properties, and 86 other buildings. The fire had damaged 13 homes, 1 commercial property, and 18 other structures.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on September 6, 2009. Compared to earlier images of the fire, the smoke is greatly diminished, and actively burning areas—indicated by red outlines—are relatively small and scattered.

NASA image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. The Rapid Response Team provides daily images of this area. Caption by Michon Scott.