Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) images of smoke plumes from
wildfires in western Montana acquired on August 14, 2000. A portion of Flathead Lake is
visible at the top, and the Bitterroot Range traverses the images. The
left view is from MISR's vertical-viewing (nadir) camera. The right view
is from the camera that looks forward at a steep angle (60 degrees). The
smoke location and extent are far more visible when seen at this highly
oblique angle. However, vegetation is much darker in the forward view. A brown
burn scar is located nearly in the exact center of the nadir image, while in the
high-angle view it is shrouded in smoke.
Also visible in the center and upper right of the images, and more obvious
in the clearer nadir view, are checkerboard patterns on the surface associated
with land ownership boundaries and logging.