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 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.
12 December 2006
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters perpixel.
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