Fires in the U.S. Southwest

Wildfiresand Smoke in Coloradoand California

22 June 2006


Mato Vega Fire, Colorado

In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado, the Mato Vega Fire burned in timber, debris left over from logging, and grass in mid-June 2006. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 20 June 2006. The locations in which MODIS detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. The fire is spreading smoke out over the plains to the northeast. According to the National Interagency Fire Center report from21 June, the fire was 3,600 ha and only 5 percent contained.


TERRA
20 June  2006

(source: EarthObservatory)

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

Perkins Fire, Southern California

A large wildfire was burning in brush and grass along the eastern foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains of California on20 June 2006. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image that afternoon. The locations where MODIS detected active fire are outlined in red. According to the National Interagency Fire Center report on21 June, the Perkins Fire was 4,000 ha and was threatening oil fields, natural gas lines, wildlife habitat, and commercial resources. The blaze was about 20 percent contained, but it was spreadingrapidly.


AQUA
20 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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