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Wildfires Blazing Across Western USA – August 16th, 2012

42.9N 115.2W

August 16th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – August 15th, 2012


Wildfires are raging across California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are burning through brush and pineforests, creating a large cloud of smoke over western USA.

The close-up focuses on the Halstead (above) and Trinity Ridge (below) fires in the state of Idaho. The Halstead fire, which was started by lightning, has burned through stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pines in Salmon-Challis National Forest, consuming 81 square miles of terrain. The Trinity Ridge fire, started due to human activity, has burned about 58 square miles.

Fires in Western USA – August 2nd, 2012

41.7N 118W

August 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – August 2nd, 2012

Fires can be seen burning in the western United States of America. Visible near the left edge is a fire in the state of California, whose plume of smoke is spreading eastward and westward due to changing air currents. Visible in the upper right quadrant is a fire in southern Idaho, whose plume of smoke is being carried towards the northeast.

Wildfires Continue to Blaze Near Washington-Oregon Border in Early October

45.8N 121.9W

October 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – October 1st, 2012

Although wildfire season in the western and northern USA usually comes to a close in October, through September lack of significant precipitation inputs have led to above normal availability of fuels for wildfires across most of the northern half of the U.S. as well as California.  Here, wildfires can be seen burning near the Washington-Oregon border (click here for previous images).

Normally during this time of year fuels conditions would decline fairly rapidly across the northern tier.  This season, however, is seeing a very slow decline in nearly all fire danger indices, with that decline coming mostly in response to longer and colder nights.  In order for any significant improvement in fuel conditions to take place a sustained input of moisture would need to occur.  However, this seems unlikely at least through the middle of October.

Fire Between Colorado Springs and Denver, USA

38.8N 104.8W

September 30th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – September 16th, 2012

Smoke from a fire in Colorado, located about halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs, fans out and billows in a northeasterly direction, contributing to a larger, smoky haze over the western United States of America (click here for previous images).

Wildfire North of Sacramento Valley, USA

40.4N 122.4W

September 28th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – September 3rd, 2012

A thick plume of smoke is released from a wildfire north of the Sacramento Valley, the portion of the California Central Valley that lies to the north of the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta in the U.S. state of California. The plume of smoke is thickest near its point of origin, but winds have also blown it westward, creating a thin, hazy veil over the area. Click here for previous images of wildfires in western USA.