Rodeo-Chediski Fire

On June 21, 2002, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in east-central Arizona were still two separate fires. This false-color (shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green as red, green, and blue, respectively) scene from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite shows the active perimeter of the fires in yellow and vegetation in green. Burned areas appear pinkish-green, and smoke is blue. In this image, the smaller Chediski Fire is on the left, and the Rodeo Fire is on the right. At least one of the fires was caused by an arsonist. The fires, which are burning about 100 miles east-northeast of Phoenix, merged over the June 22 weekend. The blaze now covers an area of over 410,000 acres and is threatening to consume the town of Show Low, Arizona. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area, and over 6,000 firefighters from a number of state and national agencies are battling the fire. Today, the firefighters received a bit of a respite after cooler temperatures and light rainfall last night dampened the fire a bit. They now have 5 percent of the fires perimeter contained—mostly near the town of Show Low. The firefighters are, however, a long way off from getting the entire blaze under control.
Source: Image by Jesse Allen, based on data courtesy Landsat 7 Science Team, NASA GSFC

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