A, for the season, unusual drought lead to devastating forest fires in California. So far several hundred thousand people were evacuated and dozen deaths were registered. Butte County, located in Northern California, is especially affected. Satellite data has already been made available as part of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters".
DLR supports crisis management by providing satellite-based information of the sensor TET-1 (Technological Experiment Carrier) of the DLR mission FireBIRD (Fire Bispectral InfraRed Detector) and data of the satellite Suomi-NPP/VIIRS. TET-1 and VIIRS detect very high temperatures from space. Several images of the active fires next to the city Paradise, located 250 km northeast of San Francisco in Butte County, were collected. The maps visualize the temporal evolution or the fire intensity of the active fires for different days mid November 2018 and its position according to the cities Paradise, Oroville and Chico.