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Fire Science: Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction

Fire Imaging
Basin Fire Complex, Monterey County, CA
21:24 PDT 1 July 2008

As viewed by the FireMapper™ Thermal-Imaging Radiometer

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Ground surface temperatures as viewed from above at 8-12 micrometers wavelength on 1 July 2008, between 21:24 and 22:30 PDT.


Image 1: Thermal Mosaic
Plan view of fire. Warmer tones represent recent or active combustion; areas of light gray are cooling ash or warm bare ground and the low temperatures of unburned forest and cool ground are shown in darker gray (see chart above).

Purple is used to show cooling ash but could be associated with bare ground away from fire.

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Weather conditions at time of data collection :
Big Sur station PPSC1 from NOAA ROMAN system.

Past Weather Conditions for PPSC1
Observations prior to selected time: July 01, 2008 - 23:00 PDT
Weather Conditions at July 1, 2008 - 22:13 PDT

22:13 24 Hour Max 24 Hour Min
Temperature 57.0° F 75.0 at 14:13 50.0 at 5:13
Dew Point 51.9° F 56.9 at 13:13 50.0 at 5:13
Relative Humidity 83% 100 at 23:13 51 at 16:13
Wind Speed 0 mph 3 at 16:13 0 at 23:13
Wind Gust 4 mph 11 at 15:13 0 at 0:13
Solar Radiation 0.0 W/m*m 813.0 at 14:13 0.0 at 23:13
Fuel Temperature 57.0° F 88.0 at 14:13 50.0 at 5:13
10 hr Fuel Moisture 14 gm 18 at 6:13 13 at 16:13
Battery voltage 12.80 volt 13.20 at 12:13 12.60 at 6:13

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.
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 Last Modified: 2008-07-02