On August 13, 2009, the La Brea Fire in southern California grew by roughly 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers). This image was captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on the same day. The fire burns north of Santa Barbara, which is partially obscured by smoke and clouds. Red outlines indicate where MODIS has detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with active fires.
The fire also spread to the southwest into the Bear Canyon area. As a result, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders affecting residents of Tepusquet, Colson, and Ruiz Canyons, according to the August 13 evening update from InciWeb.