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Fires in Southern California
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Fires in Southern California

April 4, 2013
The California fire season began on May 1, and already several dangerous wildfires are burning across the state. Pictured in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from NASA’s Terra satellite on May 4, 2004, are the Cachuma Fire (top), Cerritos Fire (center) and Eagle Fire (bottom) surrounding Los Angeles, which is visible as a large gray patch along the coast in the center of the image. The Cerritos Fire had active fire detections (red outlines) at both the northern and southern margins of the fire. It had destroyed at least 15 residences and impacted more than 15,000 acres as of Tuesday, May 4. The Eagle Fire, east of the city of Temecula, had claimed 14 residences, shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 79, and has left a dangerous trail of burned power poles and damaged electric lines along the highway. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC