Forest Fires in the United States
19 August 2013
This image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on
the Aqua satellite,
shows fires burning in Idaho on 20 August 2013.
Pony Complex, Elk Complex and Beaver Creek Fires.
This picture was taken by an astronaut of the Expedition 36 crew on board of the International Space Station on August 18, 2013 with a digital camera using a 50 millimeter lens. It has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed.
Within this mountainous region (the dark areas are all wooded),
several fires produced extensive smoke plumes. The densest smoke appeared to be
generated by a combination of the Little Queens and Leggit fires (within the
Salmon River Mountains). This image shows the common pattern of westerly winds
carrying smoke in an easterly direction, as seen during the wildfire season of
one year ago.
Named fires—most ignited by lightning—had burned 53,000 acres of forest south of the Salmon River by August 20, 2013; the number would be significantly higher if unnamed fires were included. The Gold Pan fire, north of the Salmon River, had burned 27,000 acres. For a sense of scale, Gold Pan lies about 125 miles (200 kilometers) north of the Little Queens fire.
These images, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra (upper) and Aqua (lower) satellites, shows fires burning in Idaho and Wyoming on morning (Terra) and afternoon (Aqua) of 16 August 2013.
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).
The Elk Fire resulted from several lightning fires burning together on the night of 8 August, fuels are extremely dry and when combined with steep terrain, created plume dominated fire behavior. The Beaver Creek Fire was ignited by lightning Aug. 7 and is burning northwest of Hailey in the Sawtooth National Forest. It has burned 43,707.7 Ha (108,004 Acres). All the fires produced thousands of evacuations and damages to buildings and homes. (Source: InciWeb.org)
Recent Media Reports on Fires in the United States: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly - a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):
- Hot, dry summer pushes wildfire spending past $1B (published by http://news.yahoo.com 21 August 2013)
- Official: Signs of progress as Idaho wildfires rage (published by http://edition.cnn.com 21 August 2013)
- Are we cutting it too close on wildfire evacuations? (published by www.emergencyvisions.com 20 August 2013)
- Wildfires still burning northern half of state (published by www.sacbee.com 20 August 2013)
- House saved, resident evacuated in grass fire on Highway 21 past Lucky Peak Dam (published by www.idahostatesman.com 20 August 2013)
- Idaho wildfire rages into 12th day near Sun Valley ski resort (published by www.reuters.com 19 August 2013)
- CalGuard aircraft fighting wildfires (published by www.utsandiego.com 19 August 2013)
- Should policy makers limit where homes are built along the wildland urban interface? (published by www.boisestatepublicradio.org 19 August 2013)
- Some Idaho, Utah residents return home (published by http://abclocal.go.com 19 August 2013)
- Idaho wildfire threatens more than 10,000 homes (published by www.cnbc.com 19 August 2013)
- Utah wildfire destroys some homes, threatens hundreds (published by www.cbsnews.com 14 August 2013)
- Lightning Fires in Central Idaho (published by http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov 14 August 2013)
ore reports see GFMC Media page: http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/media/news.htm