Large fires were scorching the savannas of northern Queenslands Cape York Peninsula in mid-November 2006. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead on 20 November 2006, the sensor detected dozens of active fire locations (marked in red). The burn scars the fires have left behind are dark brown compared to the unburned savannas. Frequent fire is part of what maintains the tropical savanna ecosystem. The area experiences both naturally occurring (lightning-triggered) fires as well as prescribed fires set by traditional Aboriginal land owners, farmers, andranchers.
20 November 2006
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.