The Bobcat fire rages on in southern California. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory captures the impact of the Bobcat fire across the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California.
The dark red portion of this false-color photo represents burn scars, while the brighter red areas signify active fires. The Bobcat fire rages on in southern California
By September 23, the Bobcat fire had burned for 18 days, consumed over 113,000 acres, and more than 1,500 firefighters had managed to reach 38 percent containment.
Some media reports suggest that it could take weeks to fully contain the Bobcat fire. Meanwhile, dozens of other devastating wildfires are still raging in the western United States and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced.
The image was captured on September 21, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States of America. With over 39.3 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, and is also the world’s thirty-fourth most populous subnational entity. California is also the most populated subnational entity in North America, and has its state capital in 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.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer