California on fire: Satellite imagery captures Dixie Fire, other fires scorching the Golden State – San Francisco Chronicle

Stunning imagery captured by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite 22,300 miles in space shows massive plumes of smoke and heat signatures from the wildfires blazing in Northern California, including the enormous Dixie Fire.

The high-resolution imagery — which was overlaid with thermal imagery to show the wildfire hot spots — was captured from NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite on Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., said John Leslie, a spokesperson for NOAA’s Satellites. The dramatic footage shows reddish-orange land in areas where active wildfires have very high thermal signatures, also known as hot spots or heat signatures, said John Bateman, a meteorologist with NOAA.

The satellite captures footage of wildfires, storm systems, lightning, coastal fog “and other hazards” that impact the western United States, Hawaii and Alaska, Leslie said. It also gives a bird’s-eye view of the blazes that are burning in portions of Northern California, including the Dixie Fire, which had scorched 274,139 acres and was 35% contained as of Wednesday and swept through a Gold Rush-era ghost town, fire officials said.

On Wednesday, fire officials were expecting extreme fire behavior for the Dixie Fire incident and said the blaze would cause unhealthy air quality in the communities of Susanville and Mineral, and very unhealthy air quality in Chester. Roughly 4,927 firefighters were battling the blaze and constructing and reinforcing control lines, and protecting structures, fire officials said

Video: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

A new wildfire, dubbed the River Fire, sparked near the city of Colfax in Placer County on Wednesday afternoon and prompted evacuations in the area.

The River Fire quickly burned 1,000 acres in the area off of Milk Ranch Road and Bear River Campground Road and was 0% contained as of Wednesday afternoon, Cal Fire officials said.

Here’s a look at other wildfires in California:

Hiding Fire: The 50-acre fire burning at Dale Lane and Panther Road, located south of Cloverdale in Shasta County, was 95% contained on Wednesday, fire officials said.

House Fire: The blaze, which sparked on Wednesday at Highway 299 and Tollhouse Road, located west of Redding, had burned 20 acres and was 15% contained as of Wednesday, fire officials said.

Tamarack Fire: The lightning-sparked fire burning near South Lake Tahoe has scorched 68,696 acres and was 82% contained as of Wednesday, fire officials said. Fire activity in the area has increased because of extremely dry and windy conditions that have moved over the fire area, officials said.

McFarland Fire: The lightning-sparked fire that started at McFarland Ridge and and Baker Flat, west of Platina (Shasta County) has burned 20,005 acres and was 5% contained as of Wednesday, fire officials said.

Antelope Fire: The lightning-sparked fire was moving north toward Tennant in Siskiyou County on Wednesday, fire officials said. The blaze was “very active” in the upper tree canopy in the afternoon, fire officials said. Spot fire have been seen half a mile “ahead of the main fire,” fire officials said.

Peak Fire: This fire has burned 2,098 acres of grass and brush south of Lake Isabella between Walker Basin and the Kern River Valley, fire officials said. The fire was 98% contained on Wednesday.

Evans Fire: The lightning-sparked fire has burned 85 acres and is burning roughly one mile east of Evans Peak and is expected to continue to burn to the north toward Lassen National Forest, fire officials said.

Antonio Fire: This fire is burning in the area of Glendora Ridge Road and Sunset Peak, located west of Mount Baldy in Los Angeles County, fire officials said.

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