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The first major wildfires of the season in California got underway in the first week of summer 2008 when thunderstorms brought lightning but little rain to drought-stricken forests and chaparral in the state. The fires continued to rage in early July. This natural-color image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on July 2, 2008, and it shows the location of actively burning fires marked in red. The highest concentration of fires is in Northern California, where the National Interagency Fire Center reported that 68 uncontained large fires were burning as of July 3. Meanwhile, Southern California was battling the state’s two largest blazes: the Indians Fire and the Basin Complex Fire, which is the largest fire in the lower half of this image.
Credit: NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.