California Wildfires From Space


This image was captured by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) onboard NASA’s Terra satellite.  It shows the burn scar of the Station Fire in southern California just north of Los Angeles.

This ASTER image shows the burn scar of the Station Fire on September 6, 2009 to the north of Los Angeles, California.  In this false-color image, which was made with near infrared light, the newly charred land is black, plants are dark red, and man-made surfaces are blue and white, which can be seen south and southwest of the burn scar.  The smoke in the upper right corner of the image is where the Station Fire is still burning.

  • As of today, September 9, the Station Fire has burned 160,357 acres and is 60% contained with 4,497 firefighters currently battling the blaze.

  • The size of the fire has reached half the size of Los Angeles, twice the size of Sacramento, and is the 8th largest California wildfire since 1932.

  • The fire began on Wednesday, August 26, and has destroyed 167 structures so far:  78 homes, 2 business, and 87 other structures.

  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist(s).  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has also offered a reward of $50,000.

  • Two firefighters lost their lives attempting to contain the fire on the night of August 30.  If found, the arsonist will be facing homicide charges.


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