Riveaux Road fire - Tasmania

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Detailed Description

These Landsat 8 images show the impact of the Riveaux Road fire in southern Tasmania. The first was captured on Nov. 17, 2018, and shows Southwest National Park in shades of green with fragments of brown, with similar patterns apparent in the Barrier Islands of Lake Pedder to the north. By Jan. 29, 2019, multiple fires had moved through the area, and active burning is visible.

The images were rendered using bands 7, 5, and 3 of the satellite's Operational Land Imager. 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.