Oregon’s fire storms visible from space

NASA image courtesy of the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) project.

PORTLAND, Ore. – NASA’s Aqua satellite captured images of five large wildfires burning in Southwest Oregon Monday.

The Garner Complex Fire, the Taylor Creek Fire, the Klondike fire, the Sugar Pine Fire and the South Umpqua Complex Fire all started on July 15 from lightning storms. Now, they’re burning thousands of acres of Oregon forestland and their smoke plumes are visible from space.

The Garner Complex Fire is burning north of Rogue River in Jackson County. It currently measures 8,886 acres and is burning a mixture of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and private landowners. Lightning started five fighters that merged together to form the Garner Complex Fire.

The Taylor Creek Fire was a part of the Garner Complex, but it grew so large that it required its own management team. It’s currently 41,103 acres, much larger than the entire Garner Complex. The Taylor Creek Fire is 38 percent contained, but continues to be fueled by hot, dry weather and strong winds.

The Klondike Fire is burning southwest of the Taylor Creek Fire. It’s 300,873 acres and is 15 percent contained. The fire remains active and continues burning through brush and trees.

The Sugar Pine Fire, located near Prospect, is one of the smaller ones. It measures 8,885 acres. There are 704 firefighters on scene battling the blaze in hot, dry conditions. The fire is burning grass, brush and timber.

The South Umpqua Complex Fire formed when the Miles, Columbus, Cripple Creek, Snow Show and Railroad Gap fires merged. The 28,723-acre fire is burning southeast of Tiller. It is 18 percent contained.

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