NASA: USA - Alaska - Wildfire Smoke Over Western Alaska - New Mexico - Jaroso Fire - Prescott - Arizona - Doce Fire Burn Scar and Retardant Trail - 08.07.13

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Wildfire Smoke Over Alaska
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On June 19, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of smoke from wildfires burning in western Alaska. The smoke was moving west over Norton Sound. (The center of the image is roughly 163° West and 62° North.) Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire.
According to an advisory released by the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, record heat and dry fuels have produced record-setting fire potential across boreal spruce forests and tundra landscapes. The heat wave is the product of an intense ridge of high pressure over the state.
NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
Instrument: 
Aqua - MODIS

Jaroso Fire, New Mexico

Jaroso Fire, New Mexico
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On June 22, 2013, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of the Jaroso fire burning in northern New Mexico. Thick smoke billowed east from the southwestern corner of the fire’s burn scar. Lightning ignited the fire northeast of Santa Fe on June 10, 2013, and it had burned through nearly 4,500 acres (1,800 hectares) of conifer forests by June 24.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Adam Voiland.
Instrument: 
Landsat 8 - OLI

Doce Fire Burn Scar and Retardant Trail

Doce Fire Burn Scar and Retardant Trail
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Doce Fire Burn Scar and Retardant Trail
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On June 23, 2013, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color view of a burn scar left by the Doce fire, which burned in June 2013 near Prescott, Arizona.
The fire burned through an area that contained heavy timber and brush. In the image above, charred vegetation appears grey, while unburned areas are dull green. Areas with minimal vegetation are tan. The rust-colored band along the northern edge of the burn perimeter is the residue of flame retardants dropped by aircraft.
Firefighters used two DC-10 air tankers to battle the blaze, flying a total of 75 sorties that delivered nearly 335,000 gallons of retardant. It is unusual for flame retardant residue to be visible in satellite imagery, but “at 12,000 gallons per drop, DC-10’s paint quite a strip,” noted Jan Johnson, a scientist at the Remote Sensing Applications Center.
The lower image is a photograph of the retardant trail taken by firefighters on the ground.
  • References

  • InciWeb (2013, June 25) Doce fire. Accessed June 25, 2013.
NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Lower photograph courtesy of the Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team. Caption by Adam Voiland, with information from Mike Struble.
Instrument: 
EO-1 - ALI
NASA: USA - Alaska - Wildfire Smoke Over Western Alaska - New Mexico - Jaroso Fire - Prescott - Arizona - Doce Fire Burn Scar and Retardant Trail - 08.07.13
















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