Orbital View Of Smoke From California’s Long Valley Wildfire

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
July 22, 2017
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Orbital View Of Smoke From California’s Long Valley Wildfire
Long Valley Wildfire

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a large area of smoke from the Long Valley Wildfire that was affecting Yosemite National Park.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard the Aqua satellite. The image, taken July 20, showed actively burning areas in red, as detected by MODIS’s thermal bands.

According to Inciweb, an interagency all-risk incident information management system that coordinates with federal, state and local agencies to manage wildfires, the fire started on Tuesday July 11, 2017. It is located about two miles north of Doyle, California and about 50 miles north of Reno, Nevada. As of July 21 the fire covered 83,733 acres and was 91 percent contained.

NASA image courtesy NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team Larger image

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