New NASA 'Fire and Smoke' Web Page Shows Latest Fire Views, Research

fires in Yolla Bolly Range Mountains, July 6, 2008 Seven lightning-triggered fires were part of the Yolla Bolly Complex Fire. This image was taken by JPL's Aster instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite on July 6, 2008.
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July 22, 2008

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA satellites, aircraft and research know-how, including resources and expertise from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., comprise a wealth of cutting-edge tools to help firefighters battle wildfires. These tools also have helped scientists understand the impact of fires and smoke on Earth's climate and ecosystems. Now, a new NASA Web site brings to the public and journalists the latest information about this ongoing effort.

The NASA "Fire and Smoke" Web site debuting Tuesday, July 22, includes regular updates of NASA images of fires and their associated smoke plumes in the United States and around the world. The site also features articles on the latest research results and multimedia resources from across NASA.

The site is updated regularly with new images from NASA's suite of Earth-observing satellites and airborne observatories, including the unmanned Ikhana aircraft that recently pinpointed wildfire hotspots across California. NASA's investment in these observational resources, and the research and development to transform them into practical tools for operational agencies, supports ongoing nationwide efforts to fight wildfires.

The Web site is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/fires .

Media contacts: Alan Buis 818-354-0474
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Alan.buis@jpl.nasa.gov

Steve Cole 202-358-0918
NASA Headquarters, Washington
Stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov

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Images

animation showing carbon monoxide increases because of wildfires

The rapid increases in carbon monoxide emitted by wildfires burning in California in June and July 2008 is illustrated in this time-series animation created using data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. Only the largest values of the total amount of carbon monoxide detected by the instrument are shown to highlight the impact of the fires.
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