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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).