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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Wed, 21.10.20 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 21 October 2020
October 21, 2020 - Bullfrog Fire


Bullfrog Fire

California’s long and difficult fire season continues, with 22 blazes
active across the state as of October 20, 2020. Twelve of those are
listed as major fires by CAL FIRE.

According to CAL FIRE, between January 1 and October 18 there were
8,685 fires handled by either CAL FIRE or the U.S. Forest Service,
which has burned 4,129,924 acres. The 5-year average for the same
period is 5,169 blazes and 53,034 acres burned.

On October 19, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
(MODIS) on board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a true-color image of
one of these many blazes, the Bullfrog Fire. Each red hot spot marks an
area where the thermal bands on the MODIS instrument detected high
temperatures. When combined with smoke, as in this image, such hot
spots mark actively burning fire. Heavy gray smoke pours from the fire,
primarily blowing southeast. Additional smoke fills the surrounding

The Bullfrog fire ignited on the afternoon of September 9 about
forty-three miles northeast of Clovis, California on the eastern fringe
of the Dinky Lakes Wilderness west of Courtright Reservoir. According
to Inciweb Incident Information System, this fire is being managed by
the Sierra National Forest using a confine-and-contain strategy, which
takes advantage of trails, natural features and hand crews to fully
suppress the fire. As of the report on October 20, the Bullfrog Fire
has burned 1,185 Acres and was 60 percent contained.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 10/19/2020
Resolutions: 1km (81 KB), 500m (276.9 KB), 250m (843.4 KB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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