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White Fire, New Mexico

White Fire, New Mexico

Dense smoke billows from the White Fire in southern New Mexico in this image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 3, 2011. The fire, outlined in red, started on April 3 and grew quickly under strong winds. The fire had burned through about 6,000 acres of forest in steep, rocky terrain, destroying five homes and several outbuildings by 8:30 a.m. the following morning, said New Mexico Fire Information.

Track the fire in twice-daily images of New Mexico from the MODIS Rapid Response System.

NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

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