The blaze, which erupted on May 2, is expected to be fully contained by tomorrow. It was at first thought to have consumed 28,000 acres (about twice the size of Manhattan), but officials have now lowered their estimate to 24,251 acres.
The animated gif above consists of two images taken of the fire at night by the Suomi-NPP satellite on May 3 and 4. The sprawling night lights of Los Angeles can be seen on the right side of the picture. The fire, near Point Mugu State Park, appears as the bright white circular area on May 3. It pretty much disappears on May 4 as firefighters gain increasing control. For more information, as well as a still image taken by Suomi-NPP, check out NASA’s post here.
Meanwhile, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, or LDCM, captured a pair of highly defined before-and-after images of the burn area. Heres the “after” image:
For the pair together, check out the Earth Observatory post here. The images were taken by the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the newest Landsat satellite, on May 2 and 4 respectively. In the false-color after image above, the burn scar shows up in reddish tones. (I’m not sure why NASA did it, but north is to the right.)
The LDCM spacecraft is currently undergoing engineering checks. When it becomes fully operational, control will pass to the U.S. Geological Survey, and the satellite will officially be re-named Landsat 8.