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Fires in Southern California and Baja California
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Fires in Southern California and Baja California

April 24, 2013
On the afternoon of November 18, 2005, a fire started in a remote area in the mountains surrounding Ventura, California. Fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds (dry winds that blow seaward from interior deserts), the blaze grew rapidly, churning smoke out over the Santa Barbara Channel. This image was captured on November 18 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The actively burning part of the fire that MODIS detected is outlined in red. There were also several large fires burning in northern Mexico. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC