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Media Advisory: Recent Virginia Wildfires Captured on Satellite
Released: 2/15/2008 7:37:09 AM

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Ronald Beck 1-click interview
Phone: 605-594-6550, 605-553-5473 (cell)



A satellite image of fires that burned south of Richmond can be downloaded from: ftp://edcftp.cr.usgs.gov/pub/edcuser/neugebau/outgoing/3783-VA_wildfires_highres.pdf

Approximately 6,000 acres of burned area is visible from space. On February 11, the U.S. Geological Survey's satellite, Landsat 7, captured an image of the fires south of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. The blue area near the bottom of the image represents recently burned areas. The orange color on the edge of the blue areas indicates active fires at the time of the image.

Landsat 7 flies at an altitude of approximately 445 miles and has a 16 day cycle for complete global coverage of the land mass of the planet. Fire fighters, disaster management teams and state and local officials frequently use the satellite images to monitor location, extent and condition of burned areas.


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