Fires in Montana, Wyoming

Wildfires in Montana and Wyoming

17July 2006

In Montana, two large fires were burning along the Yellowstone and Bighorn Rivers east of Billings in mid-July 2006. The Bundy Railroad Fire threatened structures, powerlines, rangeland and livestock, and timber. Voluntary evacuations were underway in the region as of17 July, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The fire was about32,000 ha. To the south, the Pine Ridge Complex Fire was about 40,000 ha, and it was threatening numerous residences, agricultural property, and a highway restarea.

16 July 2006

This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on16 July. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red. The burned areas appear dark brown and are partially hidden by smoke.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters perpixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center

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