White Fire, New Mexico

White Fire, New Mexico

Dense smoke billows from the White Fire in southern New Mexico in this image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 3, 2011. The fire, outlined in red, started on April 3 and grew quickly under strong winds. The fire had burned through about 6,000 acres of forest in steep, rocky terrain, destroying five homes and several outbuildings by 8:30 a.m. the following morning, said New Mexico Fire Information.

Track the fire in twice-daily images of New Mexico from the MODIS Rapid Response System.

  1. References

  2. National Interagency Coordination Center. (2011, April 4). Incident management situation report. Accessed April 4, 2011.
  3. New Mexico Fire Information. (2011, April 4). White Fire update, NM April 4, 2011 8:30 a.m. Accessed April 4, 2011.
  4. Remote Sensing Applications Center. (2011, April 4). Fire detection map, Southwest. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Accessed April 4, 2011.

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  • Data Date:

    April 3, 2011
  • Visualization Date:

    April 4, 2011
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration