Sedgwick Fire in New Mexico. On June 15, 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of New Mexico, showing the Sedgwick Fire (top) in the Cibola National Forest, as well as a smaller, unnamed fire to the south (bottom). Pixels in which MODIS detected fire are outlined in red.
The Sedgwick Fire was ignited by a campfire, and it is burning in ponderosa pine and mixed forest in mountainous, canyon-carved terrain. As of June 15, the fire was estimated to be 3,383 acres, and was about 20 percent contained.
Other interesting landscape features are visible in the left hand, wider-area portion of the image. To the east of the fires, the Rio Grande runs from top to bottom through the scene in a light green line. The White Sands National Monument makes a bright white circle near the lower right edge.
New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern region of the United States of America; its capital is Santa Fe, which was founded in 1610 as capital of Nuevo México, while its largest city is Albuquerque with its accompanying metropolitan area. It is one of the Mountain States and shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. New Mexico is also bordered by the state of Texas to the east-southeast, Oklahoma to the northeast, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua to the south and Sonora to the southwest. With an estimated population of 2,096,829 as of the July 1, 2019, U.S. Census Bureau estimate,
Credit: Image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC.