Fires in Australia

Fires in  Australia

11 January 2007

Fires in Victoria

Clouds had been hiding Victoria from the view of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites in previousweeks, but when the skies cleared on 10 January 2007, it was obvious that fires that had been burning in the area since early December 2006 were stillraging. Places where Terra MODIS detected actively burning fires are outlined in red. Rivers of smoke pour from the burningvegetation.

10 January 2007

Although vegetation in this dry part of the world doesn’t appear as vibrantly green as forests in wetter parts of the world, there is nevertheless a clear difference between forests that have burned and those that have not burned (or were lightly burned). The unburned areas appear dark green, while the burned areas appear brown. A huge swath of the Great Dividing Range Mountains between Lake Eildon and the town of Omeo burned in late 2006 and early 2007. The fires may continue for several months.

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

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 Department of Sustainability and Environment

Tasmania Fire Service

Further Information Australian and New Zealand links. Background information Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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