A river of smoke more than 250 kilometers wide flowed northwest across theVictoria-New South Wales border on December 12, 2006, when the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite passed over headand captured this image. Bushfires had been burning in the Great Dividing RangeMountains for nearly two weeks. Places where MODIS detected actively burningfire on this day are outlined in red. Its likely that additional fires thatcouldnt be detected through the very thick smoke were burning in the areaeast of Lake Eildon. According to news reports, army bulldozers were arriving inthe area to construct fire breaks in the watershed area north of Lake Thomson,which provides a significant portion of Melbournes water supply.
TERRA 12 December 2006
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.