NOAA Image of the Day
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this color-enhanced infrared image of the Detwiler Fire burning in central California on July 19, 2017. According to the most recent (7/20) information from the CALFire website, the Detwiler Fire has burned 70,096 acres, is 10 percent contained. To date, the fire has destroyed 45 structures and damaged 6 others. More than 3,000 firefighters are involved in the control effort and evacuation orders are in effect in some areas within southern Mariposa County. This color-enhanced infrared image was created with VIIRS high resolution bands 4, 2, and 1. The thermal sensitivity of band 4 generates the intense red color associated with active fires. To get a closer look at this image, or to see other aspects of our amazing Earth, visit NOAA View.
Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory