The Kincade Fire

Eric Samson | 11.05.2019

Sentinel 2 Mosaic of the Kincade Fire on 10/27/2019

I can remember stepping out of my apartment building in Walnut Creek and immediately being hit with the smell of fire in the air. This decrease in air quality posed a minor inconvenience to me, but a major problem for Sonoma county in the north. The Kincade fire started on October 23rd and burned just north of Healdsburg. It was the largest wildfire of the 2019 California fire season, burning a total of 77,758 acres until it was fully contained on November 6, 2019. I gathered the Sentinel-2 images that were available during the days that the fire burned. The GIF below uses data from October 22nd to November 1st, gathered using the Google Earth Engine API:

GIF of Sentinel-2 data showing the expanding fire over the course of 9 days.

The maps below were created in ArcGIS Pro. I created a heat map to visualize the concentration of buildings within the fire boundary using building data from the county of Sonoma.

Maps Created using data from ESRI and the County of Sonoma

The burn scar is clearly defined in orange/red in the Sentinel-2 images. The image slider below highlights the devastation left after the fire ripped through the Sonoma landscape:

Image slider showing the burn scar.
Sentinel-2 data collected using Google Earth Engine.

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