Santa Ana Winds Fuel California Wildfires
Powerful Santa Ana winds stoked several major wildfires in Southern California on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, when instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image.
As of October 14, the blazes had scorched nearly 12,000 acres, destroyed dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of neighborhoods in suburban Los Angeles and northern San Diego County, according to fire officials.
Firefighters had little to no containment of any of the fires early Tuesday, and reported winds blowing at 50 mph in parts of the affected area. Wind gusts of up to 80 mph are possible in higher elevations later in the day.
Image credit: NASA's MODIS Rapid Response Team
Text credit: Laura Motel, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center