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Satellite Image of Waldo Canyon Colorado Fires

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GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Waldo Canyon Colorado Fires, Colorado Springs

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This one-meter resolution, satellite image shows a portion of a neighborhood on Brogan’s Bluff Drive and Rossmere Street, which is located just west of Flying W Ranch Road and the Mountain Shadow neighborhood. The image shows the extent of the damage after the Waldo Canyon Fire ripped through northwest Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to officials the fire began on June 23, 2012 and is now the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. This type of imagery is frequently used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types of land cover. It is also used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness, insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control erosion or flooding after the fire is out. GeoEye tasked its GeoEye-1 satellite to collect this image on July 1, 2012, while flying 681 km (423) miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph (four miles per second.)

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