GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia 

07 May 2004

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Fires in Western Australia

In Western Australia’s southwest corner, a number of fires (marked in yellow) were burning on May 4, 2004, and were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on its morning pass over the region. Many are likely agricultural and other land use fires, but the very smoky fire to the northwest of image center may be a forest fire. The dark, greenish-brown, rectangular patches in the right hand part of the image are parks and preserves where the region’s natural vegetation is being restores or maintained. The bare-looking areas have been converted from natural vegetation landscapes to agriculturalones. Source : EO

Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in southwestern Australia in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) false-color image from the Terrasatellite. Source: OSEI

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