April Fires in Western Texas
Extreme drought and high winds have fueled many wildfires in west Texas recently. More than a dozen fires have scorched at least 400 sq miles of land since April 14, 2011.
As seen by the large, dark tone in the April 16, 2011 image above, the Rock House fire has scorched more than 120,000 acres and ravaged dozens of structures in and around Fort Davis. Scars from other fires can also be seen in the image.
Landsat imagery illustrates the fire scars and smoke from burning fires. Smoke from an active fire can be seen in the northern portion of the largest scar. In the center of the large fire scar is the town of Fort Davis, one of many small towns that lost many homes and businesses because of the fire.