Fires continue to destroy residences, grassland cover, and forests in the western United States. Landsat images, acquired and processed by the U.S. Geological Survey, illustrate the damage caused by fires in the Nevada/Oregon border region. 

The June 26, 2012, image shows the area before a series of fires developed. 

The August 13 image shows the effects of contained and active fires. The Holloway fire started by a lightning strike on August 6 and by August 13 had burned over 400,000 acres. While much of the fire has been contained, the active fire can be seen on the northern edge of the fire scar. 

Southeast of the Holloway fire are the scars of the Long Canyon fires (34,000 acres burned). A small remnant of that fire is still active. Southeast of the Long Canyon fire is the burn scar of the Hanson fire (12,000 acres). Northeast of the Holloway fire is the burn scar from the July Long Draw fire (550,000 acres).

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Thursday, August 23, 2012