Waldo Canyon Fire Overview (post-damage)
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This resampled, reduced-resolution (overview) satellite image shows the majority of fire damage from the Waldo Canyon Fire, which ripped through northwest Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to officials the fire began on June 23, 2012 and is now the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. This type of imagery is frequently used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types of land cover. It is also used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness, insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control erosion or flooding after the fire is out. GeoEye tasked its GeoEye-1 satellite to collect this image on July 1, 2012, while flying 681 km (423) miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph (four miles per second.) Mandatory photo credit, “GeoEye satellite image.”
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