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The King Fire burning in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines has grown to more than 70,000 acres due to extreme fire behavior, steep terrain, inaccessibility and variable wind direction. Overnight the fire advanced over 10 miles to the north with spot fires observed up to three miles ahead of the main fire front. More than 3500 firefighters are battling this blaze as many communities remain under mandatory evacuation orders. This image from NOAA View was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument around 2107Z on September 17, 2014. An image combining high resolution channels can be seen here.
Original Source | NOAA National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center