November 21, 2012 - Creek Fire, California

Creek Fire, California

On November 13, 2012 a prescribed burn in Montana de Oro State Park slipped containment and became a wildfire. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the fire and the accompanying smoke plume, which curved southwestward across the Pacific Ocean at 19:15 UTC (11:15 a.m. PST) on that same day.

According to CAL FIRE, stronger than expected off-shore winds fanned the prescribed fire onto the north side of Coon Creek. Once out of control, the fire burned 100 acres before being 100% contained on November 15. The 430 acre prescribed fire was being conducted to improve the health of wildlife habitat, to improve range for cattle and to reduce the impacts of a wildland fire by burning old overgrown vegetation under controlled conditions.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 11/13/2012
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC