Fires in the Northern Rockies •

Last update: December 11th, 2019 at 8:00 am

In the northern Rockies, the Bitterroot Range Mountains along the border of Idaho and Montana were experiencing severe drought in late August. Fires were burning when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the region and captured this image on August 27, 2005. The image centers on Idaho County, where MODIS detected numerous “hot spots,” which are outlined in red. The smokiest of the blazes is the Frank Church Fire.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides this image at additional resolutions.

Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team,Goddard Space Flight Center

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