Satellites Help in Battle to Contain Arizona Wildfires
Date: 17 June 2011 Time: 12:18 PM ET
|This Landsat 5 satellite image of the Wallow North Fire in east central Arizona was taken on June 15, 2011 at 19:54:23 Zulu (3:54 p.m. EDT). This false-colored image uses a 7, 4, 2 band combination and shows the burn scar in red the fire ongoing in really bright red, vegetation is green, smoke is blue and bare ground is tan.
CREDIT: NASA/USGS, Mike Taylor
The raging Wallow Fire that has burned nearly 500,000 acres of Arizona is slowly being contained by firefighters with some helpfrom eyes in the sky.
About 33 percent of the fire is contained, but high winds that can cause wildfires to spread could tax those containment efforts. Emergency managers and responders are using satellite data from a variety of instruments to plan their firefighting containment strategies and mitigation efforts once the fires are out.
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