VIIRS Captures Image of Hot Spot and Smoke from California's Detwiler Fire

VIIRS Captures Image of Hot Spot and Smoke from California's Detwiler Fire

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this color-enhanced infrared image of the Detwiler Fire burning in central California on July 19, 2017. According to the most recent (7/20) information from the CALFire website, the Detwiler Fire has burned 70,096 acres, is 10 percent contained. To date, the fire has destroyed 45 structures and damaged 6 others. More than 3,000 firefighters are involved in the control effort and evacuation orders are in effect in some areas within southern Mariposa County. This color-enhanced infrared image was created with VIIRS high resolution bands 4, 2, and 1. The thermal sensitivity of band 4 generates the intense red color associated with active fires. To get a closer look at this image, or to see other aspects of our amazing Earth, visit NOAA View.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory