Fires in Victoria, Australia

Fires in Australia

14 December 2006


Information obtained from the Sentinel Fire mapping system provides the following fire location data in Australia for 14 December 2006. 

Red Flame Symbol = Hotspots Last 12 Hours
Yellow Flame Symbol = Hotspots 12 to 24 Hours

Sentinel Fire Mapping is a mapping tool designed to provide timely fire location data to emergency service managers across Australia. The mapping system allows users to identify fire locations that pose a potential risk to communities and property (Source: http://sentinel1.ga.gov.au).

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.

TERRA
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 http://www.cfs.org.au/  Near-Real Time Wildland Fire Monitoring https://gfmc.online/current/au_ciro.htm  Current weather situation, forecasts, fireweather http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/tas/ 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

 

Australia´s fire seasons

 


 

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