Space Imaging, the world’s leading
provider of Earth imagery and related services to commercial and government
markets, today released a satellite image of the Hayman Fire burning 35 miles
south of Denver, Colorado. The image was taken by Space Imaging’s IKONOS
satellite on June 12. The imagery is being provided at no charge to the media
and may be used in print, broadcast and web. The image provides an overview
of the burned area that may be useful in reporting on this story from a
different perspective. Mandatory photo credit must be given to “Space

The 300 dpi resolution images have been save as natural color and enhanced
color and may be downloaded at Space Imaging’s Web site at:

Natural color image:

Enhanced color image:

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These reduced resolution satellite images show an overview of the Hayman
Forest Fire burning in the Pike National Forest 35 miles south of Denver. The
image was collected on June 12, 2002 at 12:14 p.m. by Space Imaging’s IKONOS
satellite. The photo is comprised of several IKONOS images that have been
reduced in resolution and combined to better visualize the extent of the
fire’s footprint.

In the natural color image, the gray-green area underneath the white smoke
is burned vegetation and the darker green area is healthy vegetation. The
enhanced color image was taken with the satellite’s near-infrared sensor. In
the enhanced color image, the burned area is purple and the green areas are
healthy vegetation. The burned area measures approximately 20 by 10.5 miles.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, when this image was taken, the fire
had consumed 86,000 acres and has become Colorado’s worst fire ever. This
type of imagery is used to assess and measure damage to forest and other types
of land cover. It also is used for fire modeling, disaster preparedness,
insurance and risk management and disaster mitigation efforts to control
erosion or flooding after the fire is out. One-meter high-resolution imagery
from IKONOS can also be used to evaluate damage to individual structures.

The 1600-pound IKONOS satellite travels 423 miles above the Earth’s
surface at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour. It’s the world’s first
commercial high-resolution remote sensing satellite and can see objects on the
ground as small as one-meter square. As of this month Space Imaging has
collected more than 800,000 images of the earth’s landmass, representing
imagery over every continent.