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September 3, 2013 - Landsat 8 satellite sees Rim Fire from space

Rim Fire before
Landsat 8
August 15, 2013
Rim Fire After
Landsat 8
August 31, 2013
rim fire map
Rim Fire before
Rim Fire After
August 15, 2013 August 31, 2013
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Two recent images from the Landsat 8 satellite compare land conditions in the vicinity of Yosemite National Park, California, before (August 15) and during the Rim Fire (August 31). Started on August 17, the Rim Fire had burned over 219,000 acres by August 31 (an area nearly 15 times the size of Manhattan Island). Both images are false-colored using bands 6, 5, 4 to allow identification of critical vegetation and fuels information that will help firefighters and emergency managers. In the images fire appears bright red, vegetation is green, smoke is blue, clouds are white, and bare ground is tan-colored.

For more information, about Landsat imagery of the Rim Fire, see the USGS press release.