Waldo Lake Wilderness Area from Landsat: August 4, 1998

  • Released Friday, April 9th, 1999
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:59PM
  • ID: 901

This scene shows a 17-18 mile square area in central Oregon in the Willamette National Forest after forest fires burned through the area in the summer of 1996. The lake in the center of the image is Waldo Lake, located near the Pacific Crest in the Cascade Range. The mountain to the northwest of it (up and to the left in this image) is Moolack Mountain.
The Landsat image was created by combining data from the shortwave infrared (Thematic Mapper (TM) band 5), near infrared (TM band 4) and red (TM band 3) and displaying these bands as red, green, and blue respectively. In this combination, barren exposed land appears red to pink, vegetation appears green, and water is dark blue or black. The light green checkerboard areas are clear cuts in the Willamette National Forest: the dark green is forest, while the light green is light scrub and grass which has grown back in after the area has been clear cut. The pink areas north of Waldo Lake and along the north face of Moolack Mountain are scars from a fire earlier that summer. The Waldo Lake fire burned approximately 10,000 acres while the smaller fire on Moolack Mountain destroyed about 1,000 acres.

Video slate image reads, "LandSat ImagesWaldo Lake Wilderness Area, Oregon Cascades4 August 1998, after a forest fire in the summer of 1998 (scenery is labeled)".

Video slate image reads, "LandSat Images
Waldo Lake Wilderness Area, Oregon Cascades
4 August 1998, after a forest fire in the summer of 1998 (scenery is labeled)".

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