On July 1, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona, near the town of Yarnell. The destructive blaze killed 19 firefighters and destroyed more than 200 homes.
Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. The image is centered at 112.791° West longitude and 34.225° North latitude.
- Arizona Republic (2013, July 1) Yarnell Hill Fire continues to burn out of control. Accessed July 2, 2013.
- New York Times (2013, July 1) 19 Firefighters Fall on the ‘Wildland-Urban Interface.’ Accessed July 2, 2013.
- Washington Post (2013, June 17) Fast-moving Arizona wildfire leaves 19 firefighters dead, destroys more than 200 homes. Accessed July 2, 2013.
- CIMSS Satellite Blog (2013, June 30) Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Accessed July 2, 2013.
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