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This item was posted on September 7, 2010, and it was categorized as Wildfire.
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The Fourmile Canyon fire blazing in the foothills of Rockies just west of Boulder has burned more than 3,500 acres and prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500 people. At least a dozen homes have burned, including those of four firefighters. Boulder County officials say it could be several days before the fire is contained.

The fire with its long, arcing smoke plume is evident from space, as the satellite images below from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies reveal. Click on each one for an animated time-lapse loop of imagery. (Also: Check out the CIMSS blog for more satellite imagery.)

Update 9/7/10 5 p.m: Today, NASA’s Earth Observatory published a modified version of the image immediately below as the “Image of the Day.” I’ve included it at the bottom of this post.

The smoke plume from the Fourmile Canyon fire just west of Boulder, Colorado streams eastward for almost 100 miles on Sept. 6th.

The GOES-13 satellite captured this image of the Fourmile Canyon fire plume just as dusk fell on Sept. 6 (local time).

Another view from the GOES-13 satellite, enhanced to reveal the hotspot of the Fourmile Canyon fire.

Here’s a modified version of the top image, published today by NASA’s Earth Observatory as the “Image of the Day.” The view is broader, and the red outline over the foothills shows where satellite sensors indicate high surface temperatures associated with the Fourmile Canyon fire.
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  1. Sylvia
    Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Amazing!

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    [...] More Satellite imagery @CEJournal [...]

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    [...] folks linked at the scarier picture have a couple posts up with some insane images, including lots more zoomed-in satellite imagery, and more inferno [...]

  3. Posted September 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    [...] Just now this astonishing Email has came from another friend who has today just come from spending three hours in this ‘set apart Colorado Tabernacle space’, in it he mentions that the normal view to the west is currently blocked by smoke from a large fire visible from space that is burning and leaving a distinct line from the rocky mountains right out to where the Tabernacle is (right at the Airport/City Gate) and then also out as far again further East. http://www.cejournal.net [...]

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