January 16, 2014 Colby Fire, California
January 16, 2014 Colby Fire, California
acquired January 16, 2014 download large morning image (2 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880 - left)
acquired January 16, 2014 download GeoTIFF file (1 MB, TIFF)
acquired January 16, 2014 download large afternoon image (2 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880 - right)
acquired January 16, 2014 download GeoTIFF file (866 KB, TIFF)
Colby Fire, California
morning
acquired January 16, 2014 download large morning image (2 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880)
acquired January 16, 2014 download GeoTIFF file (1 MB, TIFF)
Colby Fire, California
afternoon
acquired January 16, 2014 download large afternoon image (2 MB, JPEG, 3840x2880)
acquired January 16, 2014 download GeoTIFF file (866 KB, TIFF)

A wildfire started and spread quickly in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles on January 16, 2014. The plume of ash and smoke blanketed much of the metropolitan area and prompted air quality warnings.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites captured these images of the Colby fire just before (top) and just after noon on January 16. The morning image is clearer because the scene was centered under the satellite, while the afternoon image is fuzzy because the satellite was observing from an angle.

According to InciWeb, the fire started around 6 a.m. Pacific Time on January 16 in Angeles National Forest near Glendora, California. As of 3 p.m. local time, nearly 500 firefighters were working the fire, which had destroyed 1,700 acres and at least two homes. Fire officials were concerned about gusty winds and extremely low humidity that could promote fire growth.

  1. References

  2. InciWeb: Incident Information System (2014, January 16) Colby Fire. Accessed January 16, 2014.
  3. Los Angeles Times (2014, January 26) Colby fire: Plume of smike, ask prompts air quality advisories. Accessed January 16, 2014.
  4. Los Angeles Times (2014, January 26) Wildfire near L.A.: Firefights brace for wind gusts, heat. Accessed January 16, 2014.

NASA image by Holli Riebeek and courtesy LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

Instrument(s): 
Terra - MODIS

Colby Fire, California

Image Location
Image Location
More in this Event (view all)
Left
Colby Fire, California Evolution of Pyrocumulus over California
Right