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Wildfires Threaten Largest Tree in the World

Wildfires Threaten Largest Tree in the World

By Elijah Mt. Castle Multiple wildfires in Sequoia National Park have burned a total of 43,375 acres. The park is home to the world's largest tree by volume, the General Sherman Tree. Sequoia trees are the largest species of trees by volume and can live to be over...

Large Wildfires in California

Large Wildfires in California

By Elijah Mt. Castle California has experienced several large wildfires over the month of August. The Dixie fire has been burning since July 13th and has grown over 910,000 acres. The Caldor fire started August 14th and has grown to over 216,000 acres. The River...

Bootleg Fire – Largest Active Fire in US

Bootleg Fire – Largest Active Fire in US

By Elijah Mt. Castle The Bootleg fire in Oregon is the largest active fire in the United States. The fire started on July 6th and has burned 232,763 acres since it started. The fire has destroyed 21 homes and 54 other structures and is threatening 1,900 others....

California Fire Season Begins

California Fire Season Begins

By Elijah Mt. Castle The Willow Fire in the Big Sur region of California is 19% contained. The fire started in Los Padres National Forest and has caused a closure of the area. The Forest Service has put a $5,000 fine and/or six months jail time on anyone who attempts...

VIIRS Boat Detection Data (VBD)

VIIRS Boat Detection Data (VBD)

By Chris Elvidge The Colorado School of Mines' Earth Observation Group produces global fishing boat detection data in near-real time from low light imaging data collected by the NASA / NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).  The detections are...

Iranian navy warship fire detected by VIIRS Nightfire

Iranian navy warship fire detected by VIIRS Nightfire

By Tamara Sparks An Iranian navy warship that caught fire in the early hours of June 2 and sank near the port of Jask was detected by EOG’s VIIRS Nightfire (VNF) product. VNF detected a fire at 2:02 local time with the NOAA-20 satellite VIIRS instrument in two...

Multiple Wildfires in Manitoba Contained

Multiple Wildfires in Manitoba Contained

By Elijah Mt. Castle The Canadian province of Manitoba has been experiencing multiple wildfires over the last couple of weeks. Dry conditions are to blame for the fires. As of May 14th, all blazes have been contained. The most recent wildfire sparked the 13th and grew...

Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

By Elijah Mt. Castle Earth Day is an international day of environmental protection. Started on April 22, 1970 Earth Day is now observed in over 193 countries. Earth Day was first proposed at the 1969 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization...