California Fires Update for August 23

Firefighters continue to battle blazes across central and northern California. Two of the fires burning in California now rank among the top three ever recorded in the state. More than 1,500 square miles have burned. Over 1,000 homes have been destroyed. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of the hardest hit areas through Monday for dry thunderstorms.

More imagery from the Fires is being published today as we continue to fly and collect. We understand how important timely access to this imagery is. Please reach out if you need access.

The cell phone photos below taken by the crew collecting the imagery are pretty telling. That’s some dense smoke right there, along with the dramatic shot of the fires burning off the wing 2000 feet down.