The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite acquired this image of grass and shrub fires raging in Yumbarra Conservation Park on 16 January 2014. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. Northerly winds blew large plumes of smoke out over the Great Australian Bight.
In January 2014, an intense heat wave and strong winds fueled an outbreak of hundreds of bushfires in South Australia. Members of the aboriginal community of Koonibba were preparing to evacuate as a large fire headed in the direction of the town, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.
Recent Media Reports on Fires in Australia: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):