Lightning started the Whitewater Baldy Fire in western New Mexico's Gila National Forest on May 16, 2012. By June 15, the fire was 63 percent contained, but it had burned 290,127 acres, making it New Mexico’s largest fire on record. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this image on June 5, 2012.
The false-color image shows a broad view of the area. Vegetation is bright green, and sparsely vegetated or bare land is green-yellow. The burn scar appears in shades of red. Areas where the fire is actively burning are orange. Smoke appears gray in the natural-color image.
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Image: NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data. Caption by Adam Voiland.