How NASA Helps Monitor Wildfires

DENVER (KDVR) — Never has the danger of fire been more on the minds of Coloradans than on Earth Day. While NASA spends a lot of time looking outward at the universe, it also spends time monitoring the planet to help provide critical information about wildfires.

“We have satellites in space that can actually pinpoint where these wildfires are and look at the smoke from these wildfires,” said NASA’s Linette Boisvert. “Also the winds, we can sort of determine where these wildfires can go to the next one via the winds.”

When it comes to wildfires in remote areas, NASA satellites can often pinpoint locations and coordinate with local authorities to point them in the right direction.

Satellites can also play a role in determining how dry the soil is in certain areas, which helps establish dry conditions for the wildfire season.

“NASA satellites can also look at the soil moisture in your area, and so they can see if some areas are drier than others,” Boisvert said.

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