High Park Fire, Colorado - June 2012

Sparked by lightning on June 9, 2012, the High Park Fire has burned over 58,000 acres near and in Roosevelt National Forest, just west of Fort Collins, Colorado. High temperatures and strong winds have hampered efforts to extinguish the blaze; on June 19, 2012, it was reported that approximately 50% of the fire had been contained. 

These Landsat images show the area west of Fort Collins the year before the fire on June 8, 2011, and again on June 18, 2012. As firefighting efforts continue, Landsat images are useful to monitor the area before and during the fire, as well as into the future to discern regrowth and restoration of the forested area.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012