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10 wildfires as seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on June 3, 2012, 3:23 p.m.
Twitchell Canyon Fire, Utah

Photo: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

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Twitchell Canyon Fire, Utah

This false-color image was taken from NASA’s Terra satellite on Sept. 29, 2010, after a summer lighting strike in Utah burned 44,000 acres in the Fishlake National Forest. As many as 500 firefighters battled the flames that were only 30 percent contained at the time of this photo. While vegetation appears red, bare land appears in shades of tan and pale grey, burnt areas are charcoal-toned, and water appears blue. The deeper the shade of charcoal, the more intense the burn.