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U.S. Wildfires Highlight Need for a Low-Cost Fire Detection and Monitoring Constellation

The western U.S. has been suffering from a series of wildfires in the last few months. The Black Forest Fire, the most destructive fire on record in Colorado, destroyed over 500 homes and charred more than 14,000 acres during a 10-day period. California has also been subject to a spate of wildfires with over 680 incidents in the state so far this year.
A recent report by U.S. Forest Service scientists claims that climate change will cause wildfires to increase by 50% to 100% in the U.S. by 2050, which means that there is increasing interest in finding ways to ensure early detection and safe, timely, and appropriate deployment of fire-fighting resources on the ground.
The UK-DMC2 satellite, which is part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), acquired this image of the Springs Fire on the California coastline May 2.

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21 June 20130 Comments0 Comments