Satellite photo of smoke from west coast fires

smoke west coast wildfires

The photo above shows smoke that is being created by the fires in northern California and southwest Oregon. The red dots represent heat detected by a satellite on the fires. Generally to the west, or left, of the red dots you can see the white smoke being blown to the west. The rest of the white on the image is clouds. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The satellite image was captures in the late afternoon on Friday.

The Rocky Fire is threatening towns northwest of Sacramento, California, including Clearlake, Lower Lake, and Twin Lake.

Dozens of new lightning-caused fires have been detected in the last 24 hours on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest between Redding and Eureka, California in northwest California.

The Stouts Fire 10 miles east of Canyonville, Oregon exploded to 6,500 acres within 12 hours after it started on Thursday.

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Stouts Fire east of Canyonville, OR forces evacuations

(Originally published at 9:48 a.m. PT, July 31, 2015, updated at 6:12 p.m. PT, July 31, 2015)

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Smoke from the Stouts and Cable Crossing Fires, 7-31-2015.
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Stouts Fire east of Canyonville, Oregon, July 30, 2015. InciWeb photo.

The Stouts Fire 10 miles east of Canyonville, Oregon exploded to 6,500 acres within 12 hours after it started on Thursday (see maps below).

The fire burned actively late into the night toward the southeast before laying down in the early morning hours. Firefighters Thursday night focused their efforts on opening access roads and anchoring into the heel of the fire to begin constructing fireline.

Approximately 450 firefighters are on scene Friday. Fire activity is expected to increase throughout the day today. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for most of western Oregon.

Thursday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 (GO) evacuation notice for homes on Stouts Creek Road, Ferguson Lane, and Conley Lane. A Level 1 (READY) evacuation notice was issued for all homes on Upper Cow Creek, east of Snow Creek Road. A Red Cross Shelter opened at the Canyonville Elementary School, at 124 N. Main Street in Canyonville.

The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 arrived at the Stouts Fire Friday morning.

The Stouts Fire is 32 miles northeast of Grants Pass and 24 miles southeast of Roseburg.

Stouts Fire, vicinity map, 7-31-2015
Stouts Fire, vicinity map, July 31, 2015. (The green line is the boundary for Crater Lake National Park.)
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Stouts Fire perimeter map at 1 a.m. PT, July 31, 2015.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to JW.