Pacific Southwest Research Station

Fire Science: Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction

Vallecito Lightning Complex Fire, San Diego County, CA 14 August 2012, 11:59 to 12:18 PDT

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Recent Fire Observations
Buck Fire
14 August 2012
Ramsey Fire
14 August 2012

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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