Here are two images of the Colby Fire, via NASA’s Terra satellite. The fire started yesterday (January 16, 2014) in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles and rapidly spread. The image at top is from just before noon yesterday, and the image below is from just after noon. We heard from many yesterday about the smokey skies in Los Angeles, which issued air quality warnings.
NASA says the morning image is clearer because the scene was centered under the satellite, while the afternoon image is fuzzy because the satellite was observing from an angle.
InciWeb this morning (January 17) says that the fire is now 30% contained and that 1,709 acres have burned. A Red Flag Warning has been extended to today due to a Santa Ana wind event. As of 3 p.m. local time on Thursday, nearly 500 firefighters were working the fire, which had destroyed at least two homes.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.