This Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) image pair shows
"before and after" views of the area around
the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. On June 27,
2000, a fire in the dry sagebrush was sparked by an automobile crash.
The flames were fanned by hot summer winds. By the day after the
accident, about 100,000 acres had burned, and the fire's spread forced
the closure of highways and loss of homes.
These images were obtained by MISR's
vertical-viewing (nadir) camera. Compare the area just above and to the
right of the line of cumulus clouds in the May 15 image with the same
area imaged on August 3. The darkened burn scar measures approximately
35 kilometers across. The Columbia River is seen wending its way around