Connecting the Dots | Wildfires are advancing, but so is satellite technology

Satellite technology is racing to get ahead of increasingly prevalent wildfires that risk lives, destroy property and create pollution that causes long-term health issues.

More than 3.7 million acres of land in the United States have already burned this year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, nearly double the average over the last decade.

The changing climate is helping to extend wildfire seasons. One of the most destructive wildfires in Colorado’s history started Dec. 30, unusually late in the year for the state.

“Nobody expects to get a wildfire in the middle of the winter,” notes Mike Kaplan, a