August 28, 2014 - Fires in northern California

Fires in northern California

On August 23, 2014 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over northern California and captured this true-color image. Gray smoke pours from several fires which are grouped into the Happy Camp Complex (north) and the July Fire Complex (southern sets of blazes). Puffy white clouds sit over Mt. Shasta, east of the blazes.

The Happy Camp Complex of fires began as a lightning strike on August 12, 2014. As of August 27, the blaze has consumed 27,000 acres and is 20% contained. There are close to 2,000 personnel working on this fire at present. It consists of many small fires and a number of large ones. Most of the small fires have been contained and only account for about 100 acres.

The July Fire Complex consists of the Whites, Man, Leef, and Rays Fires. The Leef fire at 17 acres is 100% contained and in patrol status, the Rays fire is 100% contained at 21 acres, and the Man fire has burned 1,964 acres and has 0% containment as of August 27. The Whites Fire has consumed 33,680 acres and is 79% contained as of that date. According to Inciweb, this complex of fires began on July 31 from lightning strike.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 8/23/2014
Resolutions: 1km (78.6 KB), 500m (61.6 KB), 250m (144.6 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC