Gray Sky Event: New Mexico Fires

As of June 22, 2024, the South Fork Fire in New Mexico had consumed over 16,614 acres since its start on June 17. The GIC has diligently tracked the fire’s rapid expansion from the start. And, throughout the week, several GIC insurer members indicated that their customers were impacted and requested Gray Sky imagery as soon as aerial operations could be safely activated.

Once smoke and weather conditions improved, the GIC activated on Saturday, June 23. In collaboration with their operations partner, Vexcel, they quickly processed and released high-resolution (10cm) orthomosaic and color-infrared aerial imagery by late that evening.

The aerial imagery covers approximately 96 square kilometers (~37 square miles) around Ruidoso, New Mexico, the area with the most property damage. Included below are selected images from the collection, showcasing both before and after imagery. Additionally, color-coded building footprints and detailed Damage Assessments are available for all properties in this Gray Sky collection.

This post-CAT imagery and data are now available to GIC members through the GIC/Vexcel platform (Viewer, APIs, and Imagery Services for ArcGIS) and partner sites.