A Picture is Worth... Northern California's Wildfires

northern california fires

Image from ESA

There is still no light at the end of the tunnel for fire-besieged Northern California. According to some reports, there are still over 1,000 wildfires burning in the region with little hope for improvement in the near future. Over 1,400 square kilometers of land have already been burnt, and there are more than 19,000 firefighters on hand, many from around the country, helping to put out the blazes.

The image was captured by the European Space Agency's Envisat satellite on June 25.

NASA thermal image

Image from NASA/AP
Big Sur and Goleta at risk
Things have gotten bad enough that California has had to call on the services of its National Guard troops for the first time in 3 decades, according to the LAT's Eric Bailey. The Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee have been providing excellent ongoing coverage of the situation and have crafted helpful resources such as this Google map recording the latest wildfire detections.

Via ::Los Angeles Times: National Guard to help fight No. California fires; blaze in Santa Barbara threatens homes (news website)

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