Santa Ana Wind Fuels Another Devastating California Wildfire
On November 24, 2007, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this remarkable image of the latest wildfire to ravage the Southern California landscape. Plumes of smoke can be seen coming off of the blaze and trailing far out over the Pacific Ocean. Fire activity is outlined in red.

Satellite image of smoke plumes over Southern California

The massive blaze, which started over the weekend in Corral Canyon northwest of Malibu, spread rapidly, fanned by fierce Santa Ana winds. Fire officials report that the fire has charred nearly 5,000 acres and destroyed about 50 homes in Malibu. As of Sunday, November 25, the blaze was 70 percent contained.

Image credit: MODIS Rapid Response

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Laura Spector
Goddard Space Flight Center
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