On June 20, 2010, a forest fire, caused by an improperly extinguished camp fire, started near Flagstaff, Arizona. By June 30, over 15,000 acres of scenic forest land were affected. Over 1,000 residents were evacuated as a precaution; however, no lives were lost nor were any major structures destroyed. 800 firefighters worked to contain the fire and the fire was largely contained by early July. Estimated damage and cost of fighting the fire is $8 million.

Landsat satellite data, acquired and processed by the U. S. Geological Survey, are used by federal, state, and regional agencies to track the fire and to monitor vegetation re-growth in the coming years.

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Friday, July 9, 2010