SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Earth Mosaic, Exoplanet, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Earth Mosaic, Exoplanet, More
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November 18, 2008--A satellite photo shows smoke from forest fires shrouding the Los Angeles area on November 16.

More than 1.4 million acres (560,000 hectares) have been incinerated by more than 9,600 fires this year, according to California state statistics. The fire season is growing longer in the state, due to extended periods of drought and heat, electrical storms, and forest-management policies, according to officials.

Active fires (marked in red above)--including the Sayre Fire north of San Fernando and the Freeway Fire--have spread over at least 13,000 acres (5,260 hectares).
—Image by Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
 
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