For Immediate Release
The Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has supplied the summer's first Landsat 5 image to the Alaska Fire Service for mapping of the Sheenjek River Fire. The image was captured June 21, 2005, and portrays active burning as bright orange spots in the scene. Armed with this satellite image, fire personnel can better map the Sheenjek River Fire and formulate the proper response to fight the blaze northeast of Fairbanks.
The Landsat 5 image of the Sheenjek River Fire was received at the NOAA/NESDIS Fairbanks Command & Data Acquisition Station at Gilmore Creek, Alaska. GINA shipped the data over high-speed networks to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where it was processed and archived at the USGS National Center for Earth Resources Observation Systems. GINA ordered the processed Landsat 5 image and was then able to deliver it to mappers with the Alaska Fire Service within 24 hours.
According to the Alaska Fire Service Situation Report on June 23, the Sheenjek River Fire has burned more than 65,000 acres near Fort Yukon. Currently, 283 fire personnel are fighting the fire.
GINA, a facility at the Geophysical Institute, was established in 2001 as the University of Alaska's mechanism for organizing and sharing diverse geospatial data and technological capabilities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
LANDSAT 5 IMAGE OF THE SHEENJEK RIVER FIRE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Buck Sharpton, UA President's Professor of Remote Sensing and GINA Director: (907) 474-6663.
Tom Heinrichs, GINA Technical Services Manager:(907) 474-6897.
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823.