Fire in Porongurup National Park, Western Australia

Fire in Porongurup National Park, WesternAustralia

14 February 2007

Smoke blows almost due east from a devastating bushfire that has ravagednearly all the terrain of a small national park in the southern part of WesternAustralia. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution ImagingSpectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 12 February, 2007. The location where MODIS detected activelyburning fire is outlined in red. Porongurup National Park—a small park thatencompasses an ancient mountain range and, despite its small size, is home to 10species of plants found no where else in the world—is almost completely hiddenby smoke in this scene. The dramatic contrast between the area’s native,protected vegetation and areas that humans have converted to crop and pastureland is clear in this image. Stirling Range National Park is the largestpreserved area in the image.

12 February 2007

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of250 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

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

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