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Tracking the Spread of the Caldor and Dixie Fires

This visualization highlights data from a new fire detection and tracking approach (Chen et al., 2022) based on near-real time active fire detections from the VIIRS sensor on the Suomi-NPP satellite. Every 12 hours, the fire tracking algorithm uses new active fire detections to update the total fire perimeter and estimate the position of active fire lines where the fire may continue to spread. This approach provides a detailed perspective on the behavior of the Caldor and Dixie fires, identifying periods of rapid fire expansion and active fire detections within the perimeter from continued flaming and smoldering behind the active fire fronts.

The visualization shows the progression over time as the fire spreads. The yellow outlines track the position of the active fire lines every 12 hours for the last 60 hours, with the latest location of the fire front shown in the brightest shade of yellow. The red points show the location of active fire detections within the perimeter, while the grey region shows the estimated total area burned. The graph shows the cumulative burned area in square kilometers.

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Technical Support:
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.)
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Kel Elkins (USRA)
Michala Garrison (SSAI)
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
Andrew J Christensen (SSAI)
Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Lead Visualizer:
Cindy Starr (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Lead Scientist:
Doug C. Morton (NASA/GSFC)

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Science Paper:
Chen, Y., Hantson, S., Andela, N. et al. California wildfire spread derived using VIIRS satellite observations and an object-based tracking system. Sci Data 9, 249 (2022).

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Data Used:
Landsat-8/OLI/TIRS/Band Combination 4-3-2
Observed Data - USGS - 07/11/2021
Suomi-NPP/VIIRS/California Wildfire Spread Derived using VIIRS Observations and an Object-based Tracking System also referred to as: California Wildfire Spread Derived using VIIRS Observations and an Object-based Tracking System
08/15/2021 - 10/06/2021
Chen, Yang; Hantson, Stijn; Andela, Niels; Coffield, Shane; Graff, Casey; Morton, Douglas C.; et al. (2022): A Dataset of California Wildfire Spread Derived Using VIIRS Observations and an Object-based Tracking System. figshare. Collection.
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