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Fires in California

Pheiffer Fire, California
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Pheiffer Fire, California

A wildfire burning in Los Padres National Park charred more than 500 acres—including the home of Big Sur’s fire chief.

Land Fires

Yosemite Valley and the Rim Fire Burn Scar
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Yosemite Valley and the Rim Fire Burn Scar

Gray-brown charred land left in the fire’s wake blends with the gray granite peaks and shadowed valleys that make up the central Sierra Mountains.

Image of the Day Land Fires

ALI’s View of California’s Morgan Fire
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ALI’s View of California’s Morgan Fire

Smoke billowed from a wildfire burning east of San Francisco on September 9, 2013.

Atmosphere Land Fires

Morgan Fire, California
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Morgan Fire, California

On September 10, 2013, a wildfire burned east of San Fransisco.

Land Fires

Progression of the Rim Fire at Night
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Progression of the Rim Fire at Night

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite tracked the growth of the fire between August 20 and September 4.

Image of the Day Land Fires

Progression of California’s  Rim Fire
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Progression of California’s Rim Fire

At 369 square miles in size, the Rim Fire is the largest in the United States in 2013.

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze Fires

Smoke from the Rim Fire
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Smoke from the Rim Fire

Smoke from the Rim Fire brought unhealthy air to Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley over the Labor Day Weekend.

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Rim Fire Smoke and Burn Scar
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Rim Fire Smoke and Burn Scar

This false-color image shows smoke billowing from the Rim fire on August 30, 2013.

Atmosphere Land Fires

A Nighttime View of California’s Rim Fire
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A Nighttime View of California’s Rim Fire

Burning in the northeast corner of Yosemite National Park, the Rim Fire ranks among the largest in California history.

Image of the Day Land Fires

Rim Fire, California
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Rim Fire, California

A large wildfire raged near Yosemite National Park in August 2013.

Fires

Rim Fire, California
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Rim Fire, California

A large wildfire raged near Yosemite National Park in August 2013.

Image of the Day Land Fires

Silver Fire, California
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Silver Fire, California

In August 2013, the Silver Fire burned 20,000 acres near Banning, California.

Fires

Mountain Fire, California
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Mountain Fire, California

On July 18, 2013, a fierce wildfire threatened Palm Springs, California.

Land Fires

Mountain Fire, California
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Mountain Fire, California

On July 16, 2013, the Aqua satellite captured this image of a fire burning in southern California.

Fires

Carstens Fire, California
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Carstens Fire, California

On June 17, 2013, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the Carstens fire burning southwest of California’s Yosemite National Park.

Fires

Powerhouse Fire, California
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Powerhouse Fire, California

A wildfire burned in steep terrain north of Los Angeles near Palmdale on May 31, 2013.

Land Fires

Springs Fire, California
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Springs Fire, California

On May 2, 2013, the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of wildfire burning near Los Angeles, California.

Image of the Day Heat Fires

Panther Fire, California
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Panther Fire, California

On May 2, 2013, the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of wildfires burning near Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Land Fires

Summit Fire, California
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Summit Fire, California

A wildfire burned near Banning, California, on May 1, 2013.

Fires