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California Forest Fires
California, United States
October 2003
Forest fires, started by natural forces or by humans, often endanger cities. At least five groups of fires, some of the largest ever in California, are seen burning in this image. The dry Santa Ana winds blowing off the Mojave Desert carried these fires toward populated areas. Several hundred homes were destroyed and 13 people died.
Courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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