Satellite View of Wildfires Burning Millions of Acres in California, Oregon and Washington.

“These are not just wildfires, they are (changing) climate fires.”

— Governor Jay Inslee, Washington

September 11, 2020    California, Oregon and Washington –  California Governor Gavin Newsom reported today that the August Complex Fire at 472,185 acres has merged with the Elkhorn Fire at more than 255,000 acres to produce the largest wildfire in California history now some 750,000 acres. On September 11, 2020, Governor Newsom told NBC Nightly News that “California, the West Coast of the United States, that includes Washington and Oregon, are experiencing what people predicted would occur in 2040, 2050, but we are experiencing it now, today.”

Millions of acres of wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California shown in this moving gif posted to Twitter September 8, 2020, by meteorologist Dakota Smith in the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Two types of imagery were combined: the GOES-West Satellite in GeoColor, which shows the smoke clouds and the topography plus Fire Temperature imagery, which uses infrared cameras to pinpoint the fires. Moving image by CIRA.
Millions of acres of wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California shown in this moving gif posted to Twitter September 8, 2020, by meteorologist Dakota Smith in the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Two types of imagery were combined: the GOES-West Satellite in GeoColor, which shows the smoke clouds and the topography plus Fire Temperature imagery, which uses infrared cameras to pinpoint the fires. Moving image by CIRA.
September 9, 2020: NASA Earth Observatory image. The smoke was so thick and widespread that it was easily visible from 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) away from Earth when huge areas of California, Oregon and Washington were engulfed in thick smoke from the out of control wildfires along Pacific West Coast of United States. Earth image showing brown smoke by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and data from DSCOVR EPIC.
September 9, 2020: NASA Earth Observatory image. The smoke was so thick and widespread that it was easily visible from 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) away from Earth when huge areas of California, Oregon and Washington were engulfed in thick smoke from the out of control wildfires along Pacific West Coast of United States. Earth image showing brown smoke by Lauren Dauphin, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview and data from DSCOVR EPIC. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Friday, September 11, 2020 — California, Oregon and Washington Burning

—  17  people dead and dozens more missing.

—  In California, the U. S. Forest Service closed all 18 national forests, making 20 million acres of national parkland off limits to the public.

—  In Oregon, 5 million acres have burned and now a 36-mile-wide line of flames is moving around Portland, Oregon. 500,000 people — more than 10% of the state’s population — have been forced to evacuate their homes as uncontrolled wildfires are burning the entire West Coast.

—   In Washington, 10 large fires have burned 930 square miles and town of Malden’s post office, fire department, City Hall and library were burned up this week. Governor Jay Inslee told reporters, “These are not just wildfires, they are (changing) climate fires.”

 

The Bobcat Fire consuming fallen trees in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California. Image by David Mcnew/Getty Images. The Bobcat Fire consuming fallen trees in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California. Image by David Mcnew/Getty Images.
The Bobcat Fire consuming fallen trees in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California. Image by David Mcnew/Getty Images. The Bobcat Fire consuming fallen trees in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia, California. Image by David Mcnew/Getty Images. Click on image to enlarge.

More Information:

01-06-2020 – UPDATE: Death Toll in Australia Fires Now At Least 25 People and Half A Billion Animals.
09-26-2019 – Why Are So Many Earth Insects Dying?
08-30-2018 – Why Are 2018 Wildfires So Ferocious?

Websites:

“Stark new imagery reveals the scary extent of West Coast wildfires,” September 8, 2020, LiveScience: https://www.livescience.com/west-coast-wildfires-seen-from-space.html

NASA’s Earth Observatory: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147261/a-wall-of-smoke-on-the-us-west-coast


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