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Fires in Southwestern United States

Erosion After the Fire
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Erosion After the Fire

Hillslope-scale erosion maps helped response teams decide how and where to focus recovery efforts following the Soberanes fire in California.

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Soberanes Still Burns
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Soberanes Still Burns

Burning since late July, the Soberanes fire in California has left an extensive mark on the landscape.

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Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks
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Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks

Researchers believe recent fire seasons give a taste of the more active wildfires of the future. Such fires are likely to increase air pollution, even as emissions from industry and motor vehicles have fallen in recent decades.

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Blue Cut Fire at Night
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Blue Cut Fire at Night

Landsat 8 captured a view in the dark with its Thermal Infrared Sensor.

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Blue Cut Fire Scorches Southern California
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Blue Cut Fire Scorches Southern California

Dry, windy weather intensified the blaze near San Bernardino.

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Wildfire along the California Coast
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Wildfire along the California Coast

The Soberanes Fire has been burning for 11 days and may continue for weeks.

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Sand Fire Burn Scar
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Sand Fire Burn Scar

False-color images reveal the hot spots and charred land left behind by the fire.

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Sand Fire, California
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Sand Fire, California

The blaze near Angeles National Forest has led to the evacuation of 10,000 homes.

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Soberanes Fire, California
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Soberanes Fire, California

Dry, windy weather promoted the blaze near Big Sur and Monterey.

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Fuller Fire, Arizona
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Fuller Fire, Arizona

Fire charred forests along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in July 2016.

Atmosphere Fires

Hayden Pass and Beaver Creek Fires in Colorado
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Hayden Pass and Beaver Creek Fires in Colorado

Colorado’s Beaver Creek and Hayden Pass fires continue to blaze.

Atmosphere Heat Land Fires

Hayden Pass Fire, Colorado
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Hayden Pass Fire, Colorado

The Hayden Pass Fire has forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes since July 8.

Atmosphere Heat Land Fires

Studying the Sherpa Fire
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Studying the Sherpa Fire

As the Sherpa fire charred thousands of acres west of Santa Barbara in June 2016, NASA’s DC-8 flew over and sampled the fire’s smoke.

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Erskine Fire, California
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Erskine Fire, California

An expansive, destructive wildfire north of Los Angeles is visible from space by day and night.

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Cedar Fire, Arizona
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Cedar Fire, Arizona

Peer through the billowing plume of smoke to see the hot spots associated with the Cedar fire in eastern Arizona.

Heat Fires