NASA Tracks the Arizona Bush Fire

  • Released Friday, June 26th, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

On the afternoon of June 13, 2020, a vehicle fire near the intersection of Bush Highway and State Route 87 ignited the brush and grass nearby. As of June 25, 2020, the Bush Fire is one of the five largest fires in Arizona's history.

NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass. Together, NASA instruments detect actively burning fires, track the transport of smoke from fires, provide information for fire management, and map the extent of changes to ecosystems, based on the extent and severity of burn scars. NASA has a fleet of Earth-observing instruments, many of which contribute to our understanding of fire in the Earth system.

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