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NASA’s Aqua Satellite captures three Western fires in Utah and Nevada

On July 14 this year, NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image containing fires in Utah and another one on the Nevada border. The Aqua Satellite used Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) to capture the fire images. The fire on the edge of Nevada and Utah is the Big Summit Fire. The location of the Turkey Farm Road Fire was on the north of St. George in Utah, and the little fire was on its West. The satellite captured the last fire that was in the Dixie National Forest. 

Located 17 miles northeast of Panaca, the cause of the Big Summit Fire is under speculation. The fire started on July 13 and spread widely on an area of 4,000 acres, 10 percent of the fire has been contained. Brushes, short grasses, and timber are the fuels burning in the fire. According to weather forecasts, the prevailing conditions may not favor firefighters who anticipate high speedy winds, intense heat, and low humidity. 

On July 13, the Turkey Road fire had already started, and the fire resulted from the unlawful use of fireworks that ignited a blaze in the dry environment. The fire has burnt an area of over 10,000 acres, and no one has contained the fire yet. Their evacuation did, and the fire has already destroyed one out structure. Weather forecasts state that in the next days, the area will still experience high fast winds of 14 mph, reduced humidity, and no rains. 

On July 13, the Veyo West fire, which is found on the West of the Turkey Road Farm fire, also started. The leading cause that resulted in that fire is still under speculation, although some sources say that an improperly put out campfire was its primary cause. The fire has extended to 2,900 acres of land, and there is containment activity carried out as we speak now. 

Instruments in NASA’s satellites are always the first ones to sense burning fires in outlying areas. Also, NASA’s devices help in sensing of actively ongoing fires, tracing the conveyance of smokes from the flames, provide data to land managers for the management of the lights and provide changes in the ecosystem due to the impact of the lights. NASA contains a group of earth-observing satellites, many of which helps us understand fires in our Earth System. Those satellites present in the poles provide vast information concerning our planet, and those in geostationary orbits give course resolution pictures of smokes, fires, and clouds every 5-15 minutes. 

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