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Moonlight Fire California
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Moonlight Fire, California

September 17, 2007

According to the USDA Forest Service's InciWeb information system, the Moonlight Fire in northern California had grown to more than 63,000 acres as of September 11, 2007. Burning in thick forests on steep slopes, the fire had forced mandatory evacuations and closures of the surrounding Plumas National Forest.

This image of the fire was captured by the MODIS on NASA's Terra satellite on September 10. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. Smoke blows west over Lake Almanor and toward the Sacramento Valley.