This Landsat 7 image from late August shows the massive Station Fire just outside of Los Angeles.
By September 2, 2009 the Station Fire in southern California has grown to over 140,000 acres within the Angeles National Forest and threatens over 12,000 homes in the foothill communities of La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena and Glendale. Additionally, the 105-year old Mt. Wilson Observatory is also being threatened.
The fire started on Wednesday, August 26. Due to a lack of recent fires and drought conditions in the area there is plenty of fuel to feed the fire and the terrain in most areas is steep and relatively inaccessible, making fighting the fire from the ground difficult.
In this Landsat 7 image aquired on August 30, 2009, the blue and white haze is smoke from the fires. The pinkish-colored areas are regions that have been burned and the active fires appear bright red. The dark lines in the image are the result of the scan line corrector malfunction.
This Landsat 7 image is a vital source of information needed by firefighters to control the Station fire and reduce the chances for loss of lives and property. Landsat 7 is a 10-year old satellite—5 years past it's design life—that is still collecting data important to firefighters.
Efforts are underway to replace Landsat 7 and to ensure that high quality Landsat data are available for many years into the future.
This Landsat 7 image was acquired on August 30, 2009. This is a false-color image using ETM+ bands 7, 4, and 2. The California Station Fire falls on Landsat WRS-2 Path 41 Row 36.
Text Courtesy of USGS
CNN. California Counts Cost of Raging Wildfires. Accessed September 2, 2009 [external link]
Associated Press. LA-area blaze size doubles, threatens 12,000 homes. Accessed September 2, 2009 [external link]
Los Angeles Times. Station fire pushes farther east to above Sierra Madre; cost of battle pegged at $21 million. Accessed September 2, 2009 [external link]
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