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California Emergency as Huge Yosemite Fire ‘Rim Fire’ Doubles in Size

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August 26th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

USA – August 24th, 2013

Night Image – Fire Front

Firefighters in California are struggling to gain control of a huge wildfire which has reached the edge of Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire covers nearly 225 sq miles (582 sq km) and threatens a major reservoir serving San Francisco.

The detail image shows the extent of the fire front. The image acquired during the day of the 24 August can be compared with the image taken at night on the same day.

The fire is just 7% contained after burning for more than a week, officials say, up from 2% containment on Friday. Strong winds have fanned the flames closer to nearby towns raising the risk of flying debris sparking more fires.

More than 5,000 homes are endangered by the blaze, which began on 17 August from still unknown causes in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Wildfires in California – August 4th, 2009

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August 4th, 2009 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Fires in California, USA - August 3rd, 2009

Fires in California, USA - August 3rd, 2009

Large fire, north

Large fire, north

Smaller fires, south

Smaller fires, south

Several fires can be seen burning in the forests of California, in the wooded and mountainous areas east of the Central Valley.

The smoke visible to the north is billowing from the Lassen National Forest, where lightning has caused a complex of multiple fires.

One large blaze, called Brown Fire, is reportedly 20% contained and is affecting 1,050 acres of land, while the other fires in the complex are 2% contained and are affecting around 1,000 Acres.

Other fires can also be noted further south, in or near Yosemite National Park. The smoke from all of the blazes is blowing towards the northwest.