USDA Forest ServiceSkip navigational links    
 Pacific Southwest Research Station
 Pacific Southwest
Research Station
 About Us
 Contact Us
 Publications & Products

Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
West Annex Building
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

 United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.
 Piper Navajo remote sensing aircraft

Fire Science

Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction
Fire Imaging

Post-fire Mapping
Fire, western Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
5 November 2003

As viewed by the FireMapper™ system
in reflected red, near-InfraRed and thermal-InfraRed light

Images were collected from the PSW Airborne Sciences Aircraft flying over the area southwest of Cuyamaca Peak.


Post-Fire Imagery Area Map


Click on the image above to view a larger JPEG image
Post-fire Imagery

In the following false-color images healthy vegetation appears green and recently killed conifers appear orange. Sun-warmed rooftops appear blue. The ash layer from the Cedar Fire is visible in dark shades of blue and magenta.
(These RGB images depict reflected red light at 650 nm in red, reflected near-IR light at 850 nm in green, and emitted thermal-IR light at 10.5 um in blue.)




Image 1:
Area west of Green Valley Falls Campground. This RGB image was acquired at 2:33 pm, 5 November 2003.

Link to single-page GIF

Link to full-resolution geoTIFF (20 MB zip file)

Click on the image above to open a new browser window, then click to zoom in on a portion of that image.
Maximum resolution is 1.5 meters.




Image 2:
Topographic view from the south of the area from Image 1.

Vertical exaggeration in 3-D views is 1.5 to one unless otherwise noted.

Click on the image above to view a larger JPEG image

Image 2a:
3-D interactive view of Image 2. No vertical exaggeration.

Click on the image above to view a VRML model
(opens in new browser window)

(Requires a VRML plugin, such as the Cortona, available here)



Helpful hints for 3D viewing-

Click on the 'fit' button (lower right) to fit the image to your browser window.

For good rotation of the 3D image, set the 'walk' or 'fly' mode in combination with the 'plan' movement option to move in closer (using the mouse); then switch to the 'study' mode and the 'turn' movement option to rotate the scene (using the mouse).


Archives of past fires: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Forest mapping: 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

FireMapper™ Specifications: Instrument

FireMapper™ References: Publications

FireMapper™ Tools- image analysis software: ftp downloads page

For Further Information: contact Dr. Philip J. Riggan


FireMapper™ has been developed through a Research Joint Venture with Space Instruments, Inc., and support from the National Fire Plan, Forest Service International Programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Joint Fire Sciences Program, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Disclaimer: Trade names, commercial products, and enterprises are mentioned solely for information. No endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is implied.

Disclaimers | Privacy Policy

 Last Modified: 2005-03-22