An update via Mxar: Maxar’s WorldView-3 satellite collected a set of new images yesterday, October 24th of the Kincade wildfire near Sonoma, California.
The images include both our natural color images as well as our commercially unique shortwave infrared (SWIR) imagery. SWIR imagery is particularly helpful in monitoring wildfires as it enables us to penetrate most of the smoke and easily detect both the active fire lines as well as identify the burned vegetation. With SWIR imagery, healthy (not burned) vegetation appears in shades of blue, while burned areas appear orange/rust color. The active fire areas glow red/orange.
photo credit “Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies