In these images of the Sierra Nevada range, two fires are burning: the Rim Fire at the bottom of the image, and the American Fire west of Lake Tahoe.
The smaller American Fire has burned over 26,000 acres and is nearly contained as of August 29, 2013. However, the Rim Fire in Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park has already burned nearly 190,000 acres, and containment efforts continue. Both fires are burning in steep and hazardous terrain, and heavy smoke affects the surrounding area.
The Rim Fire continues to grow to the northeast and east. On the western side of the fire, crews are creating fire lines where they can, but heavy smoke continues to be an issue. Aerial resources are also assisting.
These Landsat images of the eastern stretch of central California were acquired by Landsat 8 on August 15, 2013, and Landsat 7 on August 23, 2013.
Landsat images are used to monitor fires and document burn severity and future vegetation regrowth.