High Park Fire - June 23, 2012
While flying overhead in space this weekend, NASA's Terra satellite captured smoke and heat signatures from Colorado's High Park Fire at 1815 UTC (2:15 p.m. EDT/12:15 MDT) on June 23, 2012.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard Terra has infrared capabilities that can detect heat. 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.
Colorado's High Park Fire has burned 82,205 acres and has destroyed 189 homes. The fire is 45 percent contained as of June 24, 2012. The fire is located in the Roosevelt National Forest, about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo. and was started by a lightning strike.
For the larger, unlabeled fire image, visit: http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/single.cgi?image=Colorado.A2012175.1815.1km.jpg
Image: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center