GFMC: Forest Fires in the United States

Fires in New Mexico
02 June 2004

Heat signatures (red) and smoke plumes (light blue haze) are visible fromfires burning in New Mexico. The Peppin Fire (40% contained) has burned 2 400acres in Lincoln National Forest. This information is from the NationalInteragency Fire Center’s Incident Management Situation Report from 01 June2004.

(Source: OSEII, 31 May 2004)

The Peppin Fire in the El Capitan Mountains of New Mexico was briefly checkedlate in the last week of May 2004 by moderate temperatures, cloudiness, and alittle rain. But in the first days of June, more dangerous, windy conditionsreturned, and the fire once again flared up. This pair of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) on the Terra and Aqua satellites showsthe thermal signature detected by the sensors in the morning (top) and afternoon(bottom) on 01 June 2004. Both images are available in additionalresolutions. Over the course of the day several new active areas sprang upon both sides of the central burned area. These locations are outlined in red.As of 01 June, the fire had affected 33,500 acres and was 45 percent contained (Source: EarthObservatory).

(Image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center )

See also the following Media Articles:

NewMexico fire spreads in “Smokey Bear” forest (published by: ENN, 28 May 2004)

NewMexico Fire Hits ‘Smokey the Bear’ Forest (published by: PlanetArk, 26 May 2004)

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