Fire and Smoke

thermal image of wildfire

NASA satellites, aircraft, and research know-how have created a wealth of cutting-edge tools to help firefighters battle wildfires.

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thermal image of wildfire
Fire and Smoke Photos (USA)

Thermal and infrared images taken by NASA aircraft in the ongoing effort to assist the nation's fire fighting workforce.

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    NASA Satellite Image of Boulder, Colorado's Indian Gulch Wildfire

    Indian Gulch wildfire High winds with 60-mph gusts blew in Boulder County on Tuesday, March 22 and were a hindrance to the firefighting efforts. Reports from United Press International noted that the wildfire now covers 1,200 acres and the containment is at 15 percent. The area is dealing with dry and windy conditions- which can lead to wildfires. On Thursday, March 24, a Red Flag Warning was in effect from noon to 8pm MDT, calling for gusty winds and low humidity. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or imminent.

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Mission Overview

     The Western States Fire Mission is a multi-year effort by NASA and the U. S. Forest Service. Carrying the NASA Ames Research Center-developed Autonomous Modular Scanner in a pod under its wing, NASA's Ikhana Predator B is participating in a study to validate the sensor and provide real-time data to incident commanders fighting fires throughout the Western United States. Ikhana is operated by and flown from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.