Image of the Week - Rattlesnake Fire, AZ

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Landsat and Sentinel sensors capture the Rattlesnake Fire as it burns in Arizona.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Length: 00:00:53

Location Taken: AZ, US


The 2018 fire season is already
active and one of the larger

wildfires so far is the
Rattlesnake Fire. The blaze

has scorched over 26,000
acres in eastern Arizona.

The Landsat 8 image from
April 15 shows the fire

emerging from the White
Mountains. The image Sentinel-2B

shows burning on the south
side of the burned area on

April 25. By May 1, the fire
was mostly contained.

Landsat 8’s shortwave infrared
and near-infrared bands combine

to show the distinction between
burned and unburned vegetation

and the fire line expanding over
time. The complementary imagery

from Sentinel can be used along
with Landsat to monitor the

recovery after the burn.