Look At This: A Space-Eye View of Colorado's Burn Scar

By Sophie Bushwick | July 10, 2012 12:46 pm

fire scar

Colorado’s Waldo Canyon forest fire spread over almost 30 square miles, forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 residents, and destroyed 346 homes, more than any other fire in the state’s history. NASA’s Terra satellite snapped this visible and infrared image of the devastation while the fire was still burning but had been mostly contained. In the photograph, vegetation shows up as red, partially burned areas look light brown, and severely burned ones are dark brown.

The image shows the extent of the fire’s reach, the damage it inflicted on the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, and just how close it was to the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs.

[via Gizmodo]

Image courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video / flickr

  • fintin

    That large red mark in the middle of all that dark brown is vegetation? Or is that light brown?

  • Sophie Bushwick

    It is a patch of unburned forest, but if you look closely, you can see that it also contains light brown areas.

  • http://CenturyLink Cheryl Robison

    Have been driving around looking at what is left of our beautiful Colorado and you can’t help but cry when you see this. The amount of birds that died, some in the nest too young to fly and others from the smoke. All this loss and for what?
    Why didn’t they bring in the big planes before it got this far, before people lost homes and all the forest.
    This was as bad as I ever want to see. It is nice to have blue sky again.


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