GOES Satellites Wildfire Detection and Monitoring

  • Released Monday, February 21, 2022

GOES-18 will provide critical data for identifying and tracking environmental hazards of particular concern to the western U.S. GOES-18 will locate wildfire hot spots, detect changes in fire behavior, predict the motion of fires, estimate a fire’s intensity, and monitor smoke output and air quality effects from smoke. GOES-18 can identify the lightning strikes most likely to ignite fires and characterize pyrocumulonimbus clouds that threaten the safety of firefighters.

For More Information


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA's NESDIS. Additional footage from Lockheed Martin, CALFIRE_Official/flickr, National Interacgency Fire Center, and CALFIRE_Official/Alaska Fire Service/flickr

Release date

This page was originally published on Monday, February 21, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:44 AM EDT.


This visualization is related to the following missions: