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08.25.2020 | Open Data Program

Open Data Response to the Wildfires in California and Colorado

By: Maxar Technologies

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Firefighters are working around the clock to contain multiple large wildfires in California. Lightning has been responsible for more than 500 fires in just the past week. More than 10 million people in the west are under red-flag warnings – meaning warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds are expected. Our focus areas at this time, but not limited to, are the following:

We’re covering several major wildfires burning in Colorado right now as well, including the second-largest in state history, the Pine Gulch Fire, which has grown to more than 135,000 acres. In Colorado we’re focusing on these locations:

When crises like this occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts and fulfilling our purpose, For a Better World. As part of our Open Data Program, Maxar will publicly release data of the affected areas to support response efforts as it becomes available.

Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licensing allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organizations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other nonprofits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting us here.

Imagery has been posted on our Open Data Program website. Please continue to check this site and our social media channels for updates on additional post-event data.

LNU Lightning Complex Fire near Healdsburg, California, WorldView-3 satellite images. Left is the natural color, right is the shortwave infrared (SWIR).

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