When Wildfire Damage Threatens Humans, Landsat Provides Answers

Fact Sheet 2016-3044
Prepared in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration



A wildfire’s devastation of forest and rangeland seldom ends when the last embers die. In the western United States, rain on a scorched mountainside can turn ash into mudslides. Debris flows unleashed by rainstorms can put nearby homes into harm’s way and send people scrambling for safety. The infrared capabilities of Landsat satellite imagery provide vita information about potential dangers after a wildfire.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2016, When wildfire damage threatens humans, Landsat provides answers (ver. 1.1, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3044, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163044.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title When wildfire damage threatens humans, Landsat provides answers
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3044
DOI 10.3133/fs20163044
Edition Version 1.0: July 12, 2016; Version 1.1 September 18, 2019
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 2 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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