June 29, 2013 - Fires in western United States and Mexico

Fires in western United States and Mexico

In New Mexico, the state in the northeast of the image, the large red hotspot marks the Silver Fire. Started by lightning on June 7, the flames spread rapidly in extreme conditions near and in the Gila National Forest. On June 28, Inciweb reported 92,000 acres of timber, understory and forest litter had been consumed, and the fire was only 20% contained.

Near the center of the state of Arizona, the Doce Fire had just begun to burn. Ignited on June 18 due to human activity, the fire exploded in dense brush and timber, consuming 5,000 acres in the first day, according to the Arizona Emergency Information Network. On June 24, the fire was only 50% contained and, thanks to the aggressive efforts of 781 personnel, had been limited to only 6,732 acres destroyed. To the southeast, the Rock Creek Fire, also started by human activity, smoldered in timber about 8 miles east of Whiteriver, AZ. As of June 25, this fire had burned 795 acres and was 40% contained.

South of the border with the United States, red-flag type conditions continued and the result was dozens of fires burning throughout northern Mexico. At least seven individual fires are seen in this image, with large plumes of smoke traveling to the northeast.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/18/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC