Pacific Southwest Research Station

Fire Science: Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction

Avelene Fire, Boise County, ID 15 July 2012, 10:21 to 11:16 PDT

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Avelene Fire Observations
Avelene Fire
15 July 2012
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5 sets of red (hot) pixels are visible in this image- best viewed in the TIFF or JPEG version (links at right).
5 115:58.566 W 43:44.923 N
4 115:58.611 W 43:44.904 N
3 115:58.696 W 43:45.071 N
2 115:58.687 W 43:45.088 N
1 115:58.353 W 43:44.900 N

Surface temperatures as estimated from radiance measured at 8-12 micrometers wavelength in the thermal infrared by the PSW FireMapper system. A color scale is shown at lower right. Warmer tones (red, orange, yellow) represent recent and active combustion; surrounding landscape temperatures where measured are shown in tan shades. Large reaches of higher temperature behind a fire front are typically associated with heavy fuel loading.  Use the tool bar at the bottom of the image to zoom and pan.

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Mosaic of near-infrared images from three aircraft passes over the fire area. Skies were mostly overcast with cloud ceiling at ca. 6000' altitude. Variable illumination produced the light appearance on the southeast end of the central pass. Areas with a dark background and brighter tree canopies were burned.


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