Over the weekend, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in Arizona grew explosively, and the two large fires are now beginning to merge. Smoke from the fires is stretching hundreds of kilometers northeast, where it may be mingling with smoke from the Missionary Ridge Fire in Colorado. The Rodeo Fire is now 205,000 acres, and the Chediski is over 100,000. More than 200 structures have been lost in the two blazes, but many more hundreds have been saved by firefighters. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was acquired Sunday, June 23, 2002. The data were collected via MODIS? Direct Broadcast capability, in which real time data are continuously broadcast, and can be received by ground stations directly in the path of the Terra satellite.
Image courtesy Liam Gumley, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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