Fires in California and Oregon – October 11th, 2008
In late summer and early fall 2008, a series of large fires were burning in Northern California and Oregon. The big fires that can be seen in the image thumbnails are the Rattle Fire, and below it, the Lonesome Complex, in the state of Oregon. By opening the full images you can also see the Klamath Complex to the south of those fires, in California. Parts of the Klamath Complex had actually been burning since late June.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, between September 18th and 19th the Rattle Fire and the Lonesome Complex grew over 9,000 combined acres. At that time, the Lonesome Fire was slightly larger, covering about 15,500 acres, than the Rattle Complex, at approximately 14,227 acres. On the other side of the state border, the Klamath Complex covered over 187,000 acres.
On September 16th, the National Interagency Fire Center reported that the Rattle Fire covered about 5,733 acres and was 25 percent contained, while the Lonesome Complex was 5,886 acres and 15 percent contained. The Klamath Complex covered about 182,693 acres and was 75 percent contained. As we can see from the September 16th image, the fires do appear smaller and there seems to be less smoke than in the September 18th image, taken after the fires had grown in size once again.