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Wildfires Ravage California

Explosive Fires in Northern California. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory, Explosive Fires in Northern California

Fast burning wildfires broke out this week in California, forcing thousands to evacuate. So far, the fire has consumed thousands of acres of land and destroyed property. 

Remote sensing can be used to monitor wildfires, classify land in its path, track smoke and ash, and monitor post-burn scars. 

Related ARSET Resources

These trainings can help you learn about applying remote sensing for wildfires:


Level 1

Introduction to Remote Sensing for Wildfire Applications

5 hours


Level 2

Application of Satellite Remote Sensing Data for Fire & Smoke Monitoring

Materials Only


Level 1

NASA Earth Science Data for Wildland Fire Decision Making

Some Materials Available

Relevant Tools with Case Studies

These tools are helpful for monitoring and tracking fires, and have been covered in ARSET trainings: 

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