Not my normal post, but please spread this around!! I live fairly close to the fires and I know that is bad and how frightened they are! I lost my house in a fire once and the experience was traumatic. So if you, or someone you know lives in the area of the Paradise, or Malibu fires, please do this or share it if you don’t!

Scarred Landscape

With California wildfires still burning, the 2018 fire season continues to leave its mark on the state’s landscape. Together, the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire (as seen above) have burned more than 248,000 acres (1003 square kilometers, or 387 square miles).

Burn scars are what wildfire leaves behind. With no vegetation to hold the land in place, many burned locations are susceptible to landslides and mudslides, especially in areas with steep slopes. Fighting fires on these slopes is more difficult, too — once a slope’s steepness exceeds 30 percent, firefighting with bulldozers or trucks becomes dangerous, and emergency response teams must fight the fires on foot.

For the past two weeks, our scientists have been working every day producing maps and damage assessments that can help agency fire managers understand the active wildfire and plan for recovery. By deploying research aircraft carrying instruments, like the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR), scientists can identify burned areas at risk of mudslides in advance of winter rains expected in the area.

Learn more about how we’re mobilizing to aid California fire response here.

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