Jacks and Dynamite Fires in Southwestern Idaho
Smoke from the Jacks and Dynamite fires in southwestern Idaho were visible in NASA satellite imagery on July 10, 2012.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard Aqua has infrared capabilities that can detect heat from the various wildfires. The image was captured on July 10, 2012 at 20:45 UTC (4:45 p.m. EDT). In the MODIS images, fires, or hot spots are color coded as red areas in imagery and smoke appears in light brown. Images are generated at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
In southwestern Idaho, the Jacks Fire has burned 20,000 acres at the edge of the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness, according to KTVB-TV, Idaho. The Dynamite fire is burning north of the Jacks Fire, and that fire has consumed 300 acres. KTVB-TV noted that fire is near Pleasant Valley Road, a few miles south of Boise, and was caused by humans. The fire has been contained. Other fires burning in southwestern Idaho and not visible in this image include the South Indian Fire, Chimney Fire, Flint Fire, Mile Marker 43 Hwy 78 Fire and Big B Fires.
For a larger image of the region, visit: http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/single.cgi?image=Oregon.A2012192.2045.1km.jpg
Image: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team; Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center