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 Piper Navajo remote sensing aircraft

Fire Science

Wildfire Monitoring and Prediction
Fire Imaging


Pre- and post-fire comparison,
San Bernardino Del Rosa neighborhood
19 September and 5 November 2003

As viewed by the FireMapper™ system
in reflected red, near-IR, and thermal IR frequencies

Images were collected from the PSW Airborne Sciences Aircraft flying over San Bernardino.


There is great interest in defining the factors that determine whether a structure survives when wildfire moves into an urban area. Examine the two images of the Del Rosa neighborhood of San Bernardino below, one collected before the Old Fire, and one collected after. Burned shrubbery and scorched lawns surround empty foundations where houses once stood.




Location Map:

Shaded relief map of the North San Bernardino, Hamilton Mountain and Keller Peak area. Color overlays show area of processed imagery.

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Image 1:

Mosaic of images from flight 19 September, 2003

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Open both images to directly compare property loss due to fire.

Image 2:

Mosaic of images from flight 5 November, 2003

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Healthy vegetation is bright green; stressed or dying vegetation is yellow-brown in this false-color depiction.

(This RGB image shows reflected red light at 650 nm in red, reflected NIR at 850 nm in green, and thermal IR at 10.5 um in blue.)

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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