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Mill Fire in Mendocino National Forest, California, USA

39.6N 122.8W

July 11th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – July 11th, 2012

A plume of smoke from a fire north of the San Francisco Bay, California, can be seen blowing to the west. The blaze has been named the Mill Fire. It is burning in northwestern Colusa County in the Mendocino National Forest.

The fire showed significant growth yesterday, driven by hot, dry, conditions. Growth was predominately to the east and north. Fire behavior including active torching, crown runs, and spotting up to one half mile in advance of the main fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Its size is estimated at 16,000 acres, and it is 35% contained.

Evacuations are in effect for the communities of Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, and Board Camp Springs and campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area. Portions of the community of Stonyford are under voluntary evacuation. An Area Closure is in effect for the Mendocino National Forest for all roads, trails, recreational facilities within the Grindstone Ranger District.

California’s Sacramento Valley, Between the Coastal and Cascade Mountains

39.6N 122.4W

July 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

The Sacramento Valley stretches between the Coastal Mountains (left) and the Cascade Mountains (right) in California, USA.

Here, the Coastal Mountains include the peak known as Pence Mountain, a summit in Colusa County that climbs to 1,857 feet (566.01 meters) above sea level.

The Cascades, on the other hand, include a peak called Promontory Point, a summit in Tehama County that reaches  3,589 feet (1,093.93 meters) above sea level.

A small, seemingly out-of-place peak can also be seen in the middle of the valley, at the bottom of this  orthorectified image. These are the Twin Peaks, comprised of North Butte and South Butte, part of the Sutter Buttes.

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