A pair of fires in Oregon grew more than 9,000 combined acres between September 18 and 19, 2008, according to the National Interagency Fire Center on September 19. The Lonesome Fire was the larger of the two, at an estimated 15,500 acres; the Rattle Complex was only slightly smaller, at 14,227 acres. Meanwhile, to the south, the Klamath Complex, parts of which had been burning since the first week of summer, had grown to affect more than 187,000 acres. This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 18. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.