Fire in Southern California – November 17th, 2008
In the main image we can see a fire burning in Southern California, in Sylmar (near Los Angeles).
The smoke is blowing out into the Pacific Ocean, partially obscuring the some of the Channel Islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel).
The Sylmar wildfire, caused by strong Santa Ana winds and near-record temperatures and dryness, has burned over 8,000 acres outside Los Angeles.
Over 10,000 people have been asked to evacuate, and some major roads have been closed. Five hundred mobile homes, nine single-family houses and ten commercial buildings were destroyed by the fire and 15 more structures were damaged.
The two image details allow us to compare the state of the fire on the 15th of November (first image) and the 16th of November (second image).
In the second image we can also observe another smaller fire further south.