NASA Views Southern California Fires and Winds

smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Southern California A false-color visible image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, acquired at about 7 p.m. Eastern Time on October 22. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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October 23, 2007

With a click of the mouse button, the public can see NASA views from space, including some at Google Earth, of Southern California's raging wildfires and the ferocious Santa Ana winds that are driving them.

Images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are processed daily and made available by the JPL OnEarth Web Map Server, and at Google Earth. This effort is part of an ongoing collaboration with JPL, Google Earth, and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., to make remote satellite imagery available to the public and decision makers. Latest Modis fire images at onearth.jpl.nasa.gov/socalfires

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages Aqua and Terra. Images from the NASA/JPL QuikScat satellite and Airs instrument on the Aqua satellite show the winds' powerful path.

Media contact: Alan Buis/JPL
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Santa Ana winds in Southern Califoria

A view from NASA's QuikScat satellite, obtained at about 7 a.m. October 22. Image credit: NASA/JPL
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