Northeast of Sedona, Arizona, the Brins Fire continued to threaten parts of Oak Creek Canyon on23 June 2006. This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer(ASTER) on NASAs Terrasatellite shows the Brins Fire and the town of Sedona. The image doesnt appear exactly like a digital photo because it uses ASTERs observations of shortwave and near-infrared light to make the burned area stand out from the unburned vegetation. Vegetation appears red, the burn scar appears charcoal, and bare ground or thinly vegetated ground appears tan or yellow. Route 89, sections of which have been closed by the fire, runs in a gray ribbon through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. The haze in the scene may be a mixture of smoke and thinclouds.
According to reports from the National Interagency Fire Center on26 June, the Brins Fire was threatening residences, commercial structures, endangered specieshabitat, and the Oak Creek watershed and Scenic Highway. On that date, the agency estimated the fire was1,700 ha and about 50 percent contained.