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Close-up Landsat 5 view of smoke plumes from large fires in northern Mexico and the steep terrain below.

Close-up Landsat 5 view of smoke plumes from large fires in northern Mexico and the steep terrain below.

These images, taken by the Landsat-5 satellite on April 9, 2011, illustrate the challenge facing firefighters combating two large wildfires in northern Mexico’s Coahuila state. The fires are burning on steep mountain slopes that are difficult or impossible for ground crews to access. The top image shows dense plumes of smoke blowing northeast on strong winds. The lower image, which includes both infrared and visible light, provides a view through the smoke of the freshly burned rugged terrain. The fires, called El Bonito and La Sabina, were caused by lightning strikes in mid-March and had burned 99,000 hectares (245,000 acres or 380 square miles) as of April 11. The fires are among the largest in Mexico’s history, said news reports. The burned land is brick red in the lower image. Hot areas glow orange in the infrared light, revealing that the active fire front is primaril...

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