NOAA Image of the Day

Soberanes Fire in California

Soberanes Fire in California

The VIIRS instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite took this color-enhanced image of the Soberanes Fire on the afternoon of July 27, 2016. As of 8:00 am (PST) July 28 the fire has burned more than 27,000 acres in Monterey County, California, north of Big Sur.

According to CAL FIRE, the remote and rugged terrain on which the Soberanes Fire is located, coupled with the hot and dry conditions, continues to challenge the more than 3,000 firefighters working to contain the blaze. The fire has destroyed 34 homes and 10 outbuildings, and an estimated 2,000 additional homes are at risk.

The VIIRS (or Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans.Currently flying on the Suomi NPP satellite mission, VIIRS generates many critical environmental products about snow and ice cover, clouds, fog, aerosols, fire, smoke plumes, dust, vegetation health, phytoplankton abundance and chlorophyll.