Fires in the U.S. Southwest

Wildfires and Smoke in New Mexico and Northern Arizona

20 June 2006

Warm Fire in Northern Arizona

Between the Grand Canyon and the Utah-Arizona state line, the Warm Fire was billowing out thick smoke on19 June 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The location where MODIS detected actively burning fire is outlined in red.

According to the 20 June report from the National Interagency Fire Center, the lightning-caused Warm Fire had burned2,200 ha in the Kaibab National Forest, and it was threatening some residences, campgrounds, and a historic rangerstation.

19 June  2006

(source: EarthObservatory)

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.

Latest GOES-10  and GOES-12 images:

These multispectral combined images were taken on 19 and 20 June2006 and show the Kaibab National Forest area wildfire in northern Arizona. Alsoanother wildfire started Sunday afternoon and spread quickly through the parched region(about 400 ha) in an unincorporated area of northern Arizona’s scenic Oak Creek Canyon.Another fire giving off a lot of smoke occured on the Gila National Forest Area in New Mexico. After being detected Mondayafternoon, the fire grew rapidly to 3,000 ha. The smoke plume created by the fire could be seen more than80 km from the fire.

19 June 2006

20 June 2006

(source: OSEI)

Brins Fire Near Sedona, AZ

On the outskirts of Sedona, Arizona, the Brins Fire was burning rapidly in Coconino National Forest and threatening subdivisions and other residences in the area on19 June 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture at 11:40 a.m. local time onMonday. The area in which MODIS detected actively burning fire is outlined in red. A smoke plume stretches northeast between Lake Mormon and Flagstaff. According to reports from the National Interagency Fire Center on20 June, the Brins Fire was more than 400 ha and was 5 percent contained.

19 June 2006

(source: EarthObservatory)

The digital image above is provided at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution(level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The large image shows a wider area at the sameresolution.

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center

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