Little Bear Fire, New Mexico

Little Bear Fire, New Mexico

The Little Bear Fire, a lightning-sparked blaze near Ruidoso, New Mexico, was discovered on June 4, 2012. By June 11, the fast-burning fire had charred 34,561 acres (139 square kilometers) and destroyed 35 structures. It forced hundreds of people to evacuate.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured these views of the fire on June 9, 2012. Red outlines approximate the boundaries of the actively burning fire. A wider view of the same image shows how winds had blown smoke (bottom) both north and south over a large portion of northern Texas.

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  • Data Date:

    June 9, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    June 11, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS


NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration