Lake Fire, California. At 11:10 a.m. local time (1810 Universal) on June 18, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite acquired this image of smoke from the Lake fire streaming northeast toward Arizona. The fire was burning in southern California near the San Bernardino Forest. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire activity. NASA view.
The Lake fire was reported on the afternoon of June 17, but it expanded rapidly on June 18, growing from about 1,500 acres (600 hectares) in the afternoon to 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) in the evening. Hot, dry winds have helped fuel the blaze. More than 150 structures, mainly cabins, are threatened by the fire, according to news reports.
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation’s second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively.Los Angeles is California’s most populous city, and the country’s second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation’s most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country’s second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. Lake Fire, California.