This image from the Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) shows the Rodeo-Chediski Fire on July 7, 2002. The result of two large fires that combined into a single blaze, the fire consumed almost half a million acres, and was the largest and most expensive fire in Arizona’s known history, costing more than $30 million before it was contained.
In this false-color image, vegetation appears bright green and burned areas are deep red. Landsat ETM+ captured the fires? succession over three weeks (see links below.)
June 21, 2002
June 29, 2002
Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch.