You are looking at a thermal-infrared image taken last October over the hills of Southern California. The image shows an active fire seen as yellow, and previously burned areas in shades of dark red and purple. New thermal imaging capability designed to spot wildfires was developed by NASA in 2012 and is now being tested to prepare for the up-coming wildfire season.
The Western United States is expected to have continued droughts this summer, leading to high fire danger. NASA's infrared imaging sensors have been developed to fly on crewed and uncrewed platforms. Data collected from flights this summer will be used to improve fire forecast models.
Read more about this new fire fighting tool: www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/earthmonth/AMS_Tech_Transfer_USFS.html
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill
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