Fires in Victoria, Australia

Fires in Australia

13 December 2006

Fires in Victoria

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 NASA’s 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. It’s likely that additional fires thatcouldn’t 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 Melbourne’s water supply.

12 December  2006

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.

(source: EarthObservatory).

The current situation in Australia is covered by a number of detailedreports (see GFMC Media web page):

Further Information on the Fire Situation in Australia:

SA Country Fire Service  Near-Real Time Wildland Fire Monitoring  Current weather situation, forecasts, fireweather More Information on Australian Fires IFFN country notes Further Information Australian and New Zealand links. Background information Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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