Landsat satellite sees Arizona wildfire sweep through Apache National Forest

June 10, 2011 By Jan Nelson and Rob Gutro
A Landsat image of the burning mountains in Arizona. Credit: NASA/USGS

The second largest fire in Arizona history, the Wallow Fire is graphically depicted by this Landsat image, taken June 7, which shows burning in the mountains of eastern Arizona near the border with New Mexico.

Starting on May 29, winds and hot, dry conditions helped the fire grow quickly, burning approximately 389,000 acres when the Landsat 7 image was acquired. The dense plume of smoke pouring north from the massive fire affected as far north as Wyoming and as far east as Georgia.

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA cooperate closely in managing the Landsat program. USGS conducts Landsat operations; develops and launches new satellites that meet USGS requirements.

In addition to imagery of events, Landsat provides valuable data for land use research and advances the Department of the Interior’s important role in land remote sensing under the President’s National Space Policy. Landsat images are unique in that they provide complete global coverage, they are available for free, and they span nearly 40 years of continuous earth observation. No other satellite imagery has that combination of attributes.

Explore further: NASA-conceived map of Antarctica lays ground for new discoveries

Related Stories

Landsat 7 satellite shows tsunami effects in Sendai, Japan

March 18, 2011

Before and after images from the Landsat 7 satellite show the after effects of the tsunami that followed the 9.0 earthquake off of Japan's east coast last weekend. A side-by-side comparison reveals inland areas inundated ...

Landsat offers stunning comparison of flooding

May 20, 2011

Extreme rainfall and heavy snowmelt have combined this spring to bring the Mississippi River roaring beyond its banks. While humans on the ground have scrambled to evacuate, build sandbag walls and taken dramatic measures ...

Recommended for you

Scientists reveal origin of Earth's oldest crystals

April 28, 2016

New research suggests that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth—zircon crystals—are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts that peppered our nascent planet, rather than via plate tectonics ...

Geochemical detectives use lab mimicry to look back in time

April 28, 2016

New work from a research team led by Carnegie's Anat Shahar contains some unexpected findings about iron chemistry under high-pressure conditions, such as those likely found in the Earth's core, where iron predominates and ...

New maps chart Greenland glaciers' melting risk

April 22, 2016

Many large glaciers in Greenland are at greater risk of melting from below than previously thought, according to new maps of the seafloor around Greenland created by an international research team. Like other recent research ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

LKD
not rated yet Jun 10, 2011
Why is the ground red, instead of gray or black? I'm curious. Is this a false color image instead of a visual light Sat?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.