Fires in Northern California
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Fires in Northern California

September 23, 2006

Strong winds fueled the Bar Complex fire in Northern California on September 13, 2006. (This fire is the largest in the image in the lower/center left side of the image.)

The fire started as two separate fires on July 24, 2006, when lightning struck the ground in Shasta Trinity National Forest. By September 13, the fires (known jointly as the Bar Complex) had burned 50,826 acres and were 49 percent contained at a cost of 32.3 million dollars, said the National Interagency Fire Center's Incident Report.

The MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image of the fires at 2:25 p.m., local time, on September 13. Dense smoke is blowing east of the fires (outlined in red) on strong winds.

The Bar Complex fire forms a long wall through the dark green forest-covered Klamath Mountains. To its north burns the smaller Uncles Complex fire, which was threatening historical structures and cultural resources, said the National Interagency Fire Center. East of both fires is the snow-capped Mt. Shasta, one of the largest volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

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