California Wildfires Summer 2018

Start Date

July 29, 2018


Fast moving wildfires, including the Carr fire just outside of Redding, California have killed at least eight people, and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses.  There are currently at least 18 active wildfires statewide which are being battled by thousands of firefighters.  The fires range from Redding in Northern California to Riverside County in Southern California.  They include two significant fires near Mendocino National Forest and Yuba City.  The Carr Fire is currently the largest in the state, having burned over 112,000 acres.  Heavy rains earlier this year caused significant vegetative growth, which created the conditions for this year’s fire season.  Significant additional fires are expected.

Latest Updates

August 9, 2018
False color RGB images of the Mendecino Complex fires from the ER-2 MASTER sensor, collected on 8/9/18. 
False color RGB image of the Mendocino Complex fires from ER-2's MASTER sensor, collected on 8/9/18.  The ER-2 aircraft carrying the MASTER (the NASA MODIS/ASTER) sensor flew over Mendocino Complex Fires on August 9, 2018. The sensor captured images of both fires in the area with the Ranch Fire on the north side of Clear Lake and the River Fire on the south side. The products are false color RGB composites, which allow for the identification of various features within the...
August 6, 2018
These collections of visible-wavelength (RGB) digital camera images were taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on August 2-4, 2018, then manually georeferenced by members of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Center The images provide regional context, and may be useful for visualization of the ongoing event. Higher spatial resolution images may be suitable for spatial analysis to support decision...
August 6, 2018
Aqua MODIS data acquired August 2nd, 2018. 
Aqua MODIS natural color image acquired August 2nd, 2018. Aqua MODIS false color image acquired August 2nd, 2018.  Wildfires continue to rage in Northern California and other parts of the American West. Thousands of firefighters are battling fires fueled by hot, mostly dry weather and strong winds. On August 2, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer ...