How to read the smoke satellite photo from 1972, the one from 1973

In 1973, the smoke from a fire in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was so thick that the satellite image from that incident, as well as the satellite imagery from the fires in the nearby towns of Pittsburg and Lowell, were blurred out. 

This was one of the earliest instances of the widespread use of satellite imagery for the purpose of documenting fire activity.

The image was taken by the American Fire Service (AFS) of Plymouth, Massachusetts. 

In the image, the fires appear to be moving along the eastern coast of the United States.

The fires were burning in the area of Plymouth on May 2, 1973, at a time when many were burning across the country.

The blaze was started by a wildfire burning in nearby Plymouth. 

The photo shows smoke drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s unclear if that’s smoke from the fire or if it’s from the nearby fires.

The satellite imagery in the image was released by the US Air Force in 2012. 

As of the time of this post, there is no evidence that the smoke caused the fires to burn out.