Burn Area of SoCal’s Springs Fire Twice the Size of Manhattan

By Tom Yulsman | May 4, 2013 6:30 pm

The area burned by the Springs Fire near Los Angeles is seen in the upper left of this false-color image captured May 4 by NASA’s Terra satellite. (Image: NASA)

Like a patch of skin cancer, the area burned by the Springs Fire near Los Angeles can be seen in this false color image captured today by NASA’s Terra satellite. It’s the rusty-colored area toward the upper left.

FYI: It’s not your eyes — Terra’s image of the area was a little blurry today.

The blaze has consumed 28,000 acres — twice the area of Manhattan Island in New York City.

To get another sense for how big it is, compare the burned patch to the size of the developed area of Los Angeles, which is the area to the east etched with a fine grid of roads and highways.

Here’s a map of the fire perimeter: 

A screenshot of a map showing the perimeter of the Springs Fire near Los Angeles. The burned area is in red. Evacuation zones are in blue. (Map: Ventura County Fire Department)

Luckily, the weather turned cooler today, and the 1,895 people fighting the blaze in various capacities have made great progress, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The fire is now 30 percent contained and is not expected to grow significantly.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Remote Sensing, select, Top Posts, Wildfire
  • Josh Freeman

    big yes, but not compared to the Southern California firestorms of 2003 and 2007?



ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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