Numerous fires continue to be observed by VIIRS in the Pacific Northwest. On August 17th, around 12:30pm local time, VIIRS detected multiple fires in Oregon and Washington. The above image hightlights the improved spatial resolution of the I-band product (375m) displayed in a false-color RGB with hot spot detections overlaid as red pixels. Fire incidents in the image include (but are not limited to) the Carlton Complex and Chiwaukum Complex, both in Washington, and Shaniko Butte, Donnybrook, and the start of the Buzzard Complex - all in Oregon.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensor was launched aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on October 28th, 2011 and on January 18th, 2012 cooler doors for the thermal sensor were opened. Within hours data were being retrieved and fire detections produced. The 5 minute swath quicklooks presented here highlight recent fire detections superimposed on RGB images (bands 5-4-3).