Between Lake Eildon and the Dartmouth Reservoir in Victoria, Australia, dozens of active fires churned out thick clouds of smoke in early December. In remote, rugged terrain in the Great Dividing Range Mountains, firefighters battled the blazes in hot, windy conditions. This image of the area was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite on 10 December 2006. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fire are marked with redoutlines.
AQUA 10 December 2006
The smoke pours southeast over the Bass Strait. Puffy towers of clouds are embedded in the smoke; these clouds may be the result of strong updrafts and aerosols(particles in the air that can act as seeds for cloud droplets) produced by the firesthemselves, or they may be part of the larger-scale weather pattern over thearea. The next day, a swath of clouds over the region may have provided some relief forfirefighters.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.