Jun 20, 2011 2:09 PM
SIERRA VISTA - The latest update from incident commanders shows that the Monument Fire has grown to 26,980 acres, and is currently 27 percent contained.
Updated data from a system which uses the earth's surface temperature to detect fire activity shows that the Monument Fire has spread to the northern part of the Huachuca Mountains.
Using Google Earth and temperature detection from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer, we've created an animation showing the growth of the Monument Fire, along with maps showing the relative size and rough perimeter of the blaze.
The AVHRR can detect surface temperatures to within 1.1 km - each dot on these maps represents a 1.1km fire detection point. The yellow dots were detected within the last 6 days up until the last 24 hours, orange represents the last 12-24 hours, bright red the last 6 to 12 hours, and the dark red fire detections from within the last six hours.
The video above shows the growth of the Monument Fire between the morning of June 14 and this morning - six days of growth.
Using Google Earth and the data available from the U.S. Forest Service, you can track not only the growth and size of a fire, but its detected temperature, weather around the wildfires, official information, and more.
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