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Satellite Photo Shows Bastrop Burn Zone

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We've seen images and video of 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."

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