California’s dangerous Detwiler fire: The amazing GOES-16 satellite sees the blaze itself, not just the billowing smoke

With its vastly improved capabilities, the new satellite has the potential to save the lives of firefighters

For decades, satellites have been helping fire managers identify and monitor blazes, based on their smoke plumes and the hot spots they create in infrared imagery.

But as the animation above shows in spectacular fashion, the new GOES-16 weather satellite has taken things to a new level. With higher resolution imagery, and nearly real-time imaging capabilities, it is already helpin

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