Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

16 February 2009

Bushfires in Southeast Australia

Bushfires continued in the mountains east of Melbourne, Australia, on 13 February 2009. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the fires (actively burning areas outlined in red) and thick smoke spreading to the west. The areas still burning included several state and national parks, including Bunyip State Park, which was closed to the public as of 13 February while firefighters worked to control a 27,200-hectare (67, 212-acre) fire there.

13 February 2009

The large image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)

False-color image from bushfires in Southeast Australia

Although most of the deadly bushfires that ravaged Victoria in late January and early February 2009 burned in the area between Melbourne and Lake Eildon, devastation also came to more northern parts of the state. This false-color image from the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite shows part of the 30,700-hectare (75,861-acre) Beechworth Fire—which killed at least two people according to ABC news reports—on 10 February 2009. Unburned vegetation is bright green, while burned areas are dark pink. The bright pink areas are often a sign of open flame in this type of image. The small town of Running Creek was threatened by the fire, but seems to have been spared; a burn scar brackets the town, but does not penetrate it.

According to reports from the Victoria Department of Sustainability and the Environment on February 14, the Beechworth Fire was about 85 percent contained. Some isolated pockets were still burning in steep, rugged terrain, but they were not posing a threat to any of the small communities in the area. In addition, firefighters were conducting extensive back burns as they brought the fire fully under control.

Advanced Land Imager
10 February 2009

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ full spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

(source: earth observatory)

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

Further Information on the Fire Situation in Australia:

SA Country Fire Service  NSW Rural Fire Service Near-Real Time Wildland Fire Monitoring  Current weather situation, forecasts, fireweather Further Information Australian and New Zealand links Background information Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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