Here comes the cavalry! For the second year in a row tinder dry conditions have allowed explosive wildfire growth in Colorado and once again the United States military is deploying resources to assist local firefighting efforts.
A Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing drops a load of a retardant in an effort to contain the Lime Gulch fire June 19 in southern Jefferson County, Colo. The 2013 MAFFS fire season began a week earlier when aircrews battled the Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs, Colo. (Courtesy photo)
The new Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite has collected its first, uncalibrated images of Earth. This pairing shows where the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains meets the Great Plains in Colorado.