Gell River fire - Tasmania

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Detailed Description

These images show the impact of the Gell River fire, which began in December 2018. Landsat 8’s Operational Land Imager acquired the first on Nov. 17, 2018. Clouds cover Mt. Field National Park in the image, rendered using bands 7, 5, and 3. Bands 7 and 5 reflect light at near-infrared and shortwave infrared wavelengths, making them useful for highlighting the thermal energy left behind by burn scars. The second image was collected Jan. 20, 2019, and it shows a massive burn scar north of Lake Gordon. The fire has traveled south and west in 2019, moving into the Mt. Field area near the end of January.