The images were taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite on June 12.

Overview Map

Hayman Fire -
4-meter Natural Color image
Space imaging released several IKONOS images taken from the fires burning 35 miles south of Denver on June 12, 2002.

Hayman Fire -
4-meter Enhanced Color image
These reduced resolution satellite images show an overview of the Hayman Forest Fire burning in the Pike National Forest 35 miles south of Denver. The image was collected on June 12, 2002 at 12:14 p.m. by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. The photo is comprised of several IKONOS images that have been reduced in resolution and combined to better visualize the extent of the fire's footprint.

Coal Seam Fire - Glenwood Springs, Colorado
In the natural color image, the gray-green area underneath the white smoke is burned vegetation and the darker green area is healthy vegetation. The enhanced color image was taken with the satellite's near-infrared sensor. In the enhanced color image, the burned area is purple and the green areas are healthy vegetation. The burned area measures approximately 20 by 10.5 miles.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, when this image was taken, the fire had consumed 86,000 acres and has become Colorado's worst fire ever. This type of imagery is used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types of land cover. It also is used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness, insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control erosion or flooding after the fire is out. One-meter high-resolution imagery from IKONOS can also be used to evaluate damage to individual structures.

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