California Wildfires 2016

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July 25, 2016

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September 21, 2016
Soberanes wildfires
False-color image from the Landsat 8 OLI that and combines shortwave infrared, near-infrared, and green light to provide a clear view of the charred landscape (dark red).  Natural color image from Landsat 8. In late July 2016, an illegal campfire gave rise to the Soberanes fire that grew near...
August 24, 2016
Four Fires Plague Southern California
Dry and hot weather conditions in the southern part of California as well as a spate of careless humans and lightning strikes have created an environment rife for fire outbreaks.  Four very large fires are currently causing havoc in the area and NASA's Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument captured this image of all four fires on August 23, 2016. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.  The Soberanes Fire...
July 28, 2016
Sand and Soberanes Fires Still Blazing in California
The Sand and Soberanes fires in California continue to blaze, however, the Sand Fire (lower fire) is 65% contained whereas the Soberanes Fire (upper fire) remains only 10% contained.   The Soberanes fire activity increased due to lower humidity and higher temperatures, which continues to present as a challenge in controlling the fire. A private hired equipment bull dozer operator was fatally injured last evening (July 26, 2016). A State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor...
July 26, 2016
Smoke from California's Sand and Soberanes Fires Observed by NASA's MISR
The Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley area of Southern California erupted on Friday, July 22, 2016, and rapidly grew to more than 37,000 acres (58 square miles, or 150 square kilometers) over the weekend. As of Tuesday, July 26, hundreds of residents still remain under evacuation orders, and the fire claimed the life of a local resident. The fire is currently 25 percent contained. The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite passed over the...
July 25, 2016
Sand and Soberanes Fires Largest in California At Present
The Sand and Soberanes Fires have the unhappy distinction of the being the largest fires in California at present.  The Sand Fire, whose cause is currently under investigation, began on July 22, 2016 and quickly grew to its current size of 33,117 and is 10% contained.  The United States Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office are in "Unified Command." Evacuations are in place. Over 2964 firefighters are engaged fighting this fire. The resources that are...