Thursday, August 18, 2016
Blue Cut Fire Visible From Space
The scientists at NASA JPL in Pasadena released a photo--taken by the NASA Terra satellite--which shows the huge expanse of the Blue Cut Fire, only a day after it broke out east of Los Angeles in the Cajon Pass. NASA said its photo, taken by the Multi-angle Imaging SepctroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on its Terra satellite, was taken around 11:50am PDT on August 17th, approximately a day after the Blue Cut ignited. The Blue Cut fire is now at around 31,689 acres, with more than 1500 firefighters and personnel, very large air tankers (VLATs), and more working to contain the fire--which was only 4% containment around 10:45am on Thursday. Fire officials have said that more than 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are under evacuation orders.