In 2017, wildfires burned more than 8 million acres and destroyed 500 homes in the western U.S. Beyond structural damages, there were further risks associated with the smoke from these fires, particularly to vulnerable groups like children, the elderly, and people with respiratory and cardiac conditions. These risk groups can often be hundreds of miles away from the burn site. First responders, forecasters, and researchers are continually looking for the best smoke models to use in preparing communities for hazards from these fires. To make smoke forecasting models more effective, satellites provide fire products in real time. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Fire Radiative Power (FRP) data from JPSS have proven to be an invaluable input to these models. The images show smoke forecasts over California, Colorado, and Wyoming.
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