Station Fire Update

Landsat satellite data, acquired during and after the fires in Southern California show the region affected and the size of the major burns.

The Station Fire in southern California affected over 100,000 acres within the Angeles National Forest and threatened over 12,000 homes in the foothill communities of La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton, Soledad Canyon, Pasadena and Glendale.

The fire started on Wednesday, August 26. Due to a lack of recent fires and drought conditions in the area there was plenty of fuel to feed the fire and the terrain in most areas is steep and relatively inaccessible, making fighting the fire from the ground difficult. Flames as tall as 80 feet have not been uncommon. 

In the image the gray areas are urban/cities and the blue haze is smoke from the fires. The orange colored areas have been burned and the active fires are the brightest spots in the August 30 image.

In the September 23 image, acquired by Landsat 5, the burn scar from the major fire unit shows in red. Concern is rising now that the lack of vegetation in steeply sloped areas will be especially vulnerable to erosion. Recent major rainstorms are already creating problems.

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Friday, October 16, 2009