Fires in Magadan Region, Russia’s Kolyma Mountains
4 August 2009
Large forest fires that began in July in Russias Magadan region continued into August, leaving dark brown burn scars across the remote, sparsely populated landscape. Smoke from these fires and others in Alaska and Canada were creating hazy skies across the Arctic. This image shows more than two dozen large fires (outlined in red) that were burning when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead on 1 August 2009.