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NASA Satellites Watch California Wildfires

Satellite image of California wildfires

October 27, 2003 Aqua satellite of Southern California wildfires.
High Resolution Image . Credit: NASA

Ten large fires rage across southern California in this true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image taken on October 27, 2003 by NASA’s Aqua satellite. Starting in the north, the first cluster of red dots is a combination of the Piru, Verdale, and Simi Incident Fires, which have burned a combined 113,680 acres of land. The next line of dots consists of the Old, Grand Prix, and Mountain Fires. The small cluster closer to the coast is the Roblar 2 Fire. Going south, the Paradise Fire (top), the Cedar Fire (center), and the Otay Fire (bottom) form a massive veil of smoke over San Diego. Overall, well over 200,000 acres have burned in the fires.

Image courtesy MODIS Land Rapid Response at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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