Satellite Imagery: Smoke from Wildfires in Northern California
Published on Aug 15, 2012 - 1:20:08 PM
NEVADA CITY Calif. August 15, 2012 - Smoke blanketed much of Northern California yesterday as a result of the multiple large wildfires currently burning.
44 wildfires were burning in Northern California yesterday. They consumed 56,929 acres in the past 24 hours.
In 2012, a total of 233,927 acres burned in the northern portion of the state. Nationwide, 42,933 fires have burned 6,475,066 acres.
The 10-year average is 52,635 fires and 5,047,390 acres. A trend towards larger, more devastating fires is clearly established. Climate change is a contributing factor according to scientists.
The largest fires are located in the northeastern portion of the state:
Rush 96,239 acres - 40% contained
Chips 42,215 acres - 20% contained
Reading 23,958 acres - 23% contained
Vallecito Lightning Complex 9,325 acres - 15% contained
Wye (now includes Walker Fire) 7,934 acres - 70% contained
South Complex 453 acres - 90% contained
Buck 3,000 acres - 15% contained
Quail 275 acres - 60% contained
Fort Complex (Goff) 2,639 acres - 17% contained
Indian 13,500 acres - 95% contained
Jawbone 12,191 acres - 45% contained
Ramsey 1,000 acres - 15% contained
Mill (formerly Lassen) 1,000 acres - 10% contained
Today's weather outlook is still calling for occasional thunderstorms and rising temperatures.
Real-time updates on these incidents are posted in our Fire News section.
Special thanks to the NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab for the satellite picture.
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