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Satellite Photo Shows Bastrop Burn Zone

Photo copyright SPOT Image

We've seen imagesand videoof the Bastrop wildfire from outer space, but this one captures the shape and scope of the 35,000 acre zone charred by flames. The area is 18 miles long and about six miles wide.

It was captured by a private French firm called SPOT Image and acquired by the US Air Force's Eagle Vision program. UT Austin's Center for Space Research processed the image. Texas Parks and Wildlife overlayed the park boundary. Check out a higher-resolution copy of the image here.

You may notice the word "LUECKE" in the bottom right of the photograph. This was actually the work of a property owner, who razed a forest on this property in the pattern of his name. NASA has called this "a target that is also useful for evaluating spatial resolution of astronaut photographs."

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at nbernier@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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