Scorched earth from space: stunning satellite images show the brutal path of Californian forest fires
New satellite images show the widespread devastation caused by three forest fires that are still out of control in California.
The campfire in Northern California and Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California have blasted a total of 175,000 acres in less than three days, fueled by the relentless wind of Santa Ana.
From Saturday morning it was reported that the campfire contained 20 percent after it had burned an estimated 100,000 hectares of land north of Sacramento in Butte County, making it the worst forest fire in California history.
In the south, the Woolsey and Hill fires are only miles apart, spread over nearly 75,000 hectares in the provinces of Ventura and Los Angeles. The first remains zero percent, while firefighters have succeeded in bringing the last, which is considerably smaller, to 25 percent inclusion.
New satellite images show the widespread devastation caused by three forest fires that are still out of control in California. The photo above shows the area of 100,000 acres lit by the campfire in Butte County, Northern California, which was taken on Friday
The above slider shows both an unmarked view (left) and an annotated version (right) of images taken by DigitalGlobe & # 39; s WorldView-3 satellite on Friday. As the second image explains, the areas with healthy, undamaged vegetation look blue, burned parts turn yellow and orange and still appear burning areas glowing
The DigitalGlobe satellite can penetrate the thick blanket of smoke that covers the area around the wildfire
DigitalGlobe made photos of Camp Fire on Friday with its WorldView-3 satellite.
In addition to a natural color image of the area, the satellite uses shortwave infrared technology to obscure the thick smoke that blurs the area to indicate where the flames have passed and where they are still on fire.
In the photos, areas with healthy, undamaged vegetation appear blue, burned areas appear yellow and orange and still burning parts appear glowing.
Another series of photos made by NASA's Terra satellite on Saturday shows a full picture of California as gigantic plumes of smoke and ash from the fire-flooded areas drifting hundreds of miles over the Pacific, carried by the same wind those the fires.
Three forest fires are seen on Friday in California. The larger campfire in the north killed five and destroyed the city of Paradise. In the south, near Los Angeles, the twins Hill and Woolsey Fires have forced an evacuation of Malibu
This improved satellite image from NASA's Earth Observatory shows the campfire at its peak on Thursday