This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite shows fires in Victoria and Tasmania, on 9 December 2006. Placeswhere MODIS detected actively burning fire are outlined in red.
According to news reports, this weekend’s bushfires, mostly in eastern alpineareas, have burnt out more than 220,000 hectares.
Bush fires are common in Australia’s hot summer months, but this year’s arebeing described as exceptional.
Almost 4000 firefighters from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and theAustralian Capital Territory were tackling the blazes, backed by army personneland a specialist team from New Zealand.
9 December 2006
Thick smoke drifting hundreds of kilometres has blanketed eastern Victoriaand its capital Melbourne. It grounded firefighting aircraft, preventing themfrom attacking the fires and helping to determine where they were moving.Flights into and out of Melbourne Airport were delayed as smoke impacted onvisibility.
In Tasmania, firefigthers battle to control 20 bushfires across the state.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.
See also recent media information on the fires in Australia: