Satellite sensor reports fire that is 142 miles long

Obviously, this was an error

False fire detection satellite

The sensors on satellites that detect fires can be extremely useful, showing us the general location and extent of wildfires.

But as proven again today, they are not perfect. As imported into Google Earth, a VIIRS I 375 meter S-NPP sensor on one of the satellites reported at 1:47 p.m. MDT on Friday that there was a fire 142 miles long stretching across half the width of New Mexico. I feel confident in saying this is incorrect.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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