The natural-color satellite image above shows smoke from California's Rim Fire. The photo was taken from NASA's Terra Satellite on August 25th. The fire which began on August 17th is burning on the Stanislaus National Forecast, Yosemite National Park and Bureau of Land Management land. The fire continues to be the nation's largest blaze, having burned over 224 square miles or 144,000 acres. The fire is presently only 7 percent contained. The fire grew by 14,000 acres yesterday and is thriving in an area experiencing drought conditions.
Nationally, year to date fire statistics show 33,324 fires have burned just over 3 1/2 million acres compared to 43,638 fires a year ago that had burned more than 7 million acres.
Here in Oregon, heavy Sunday rains have helped fire fighters reach 45 percent containment of the Government Flats Complex fire burning just south of The Dalles.
Meteorologist Rod Hill