Fires in Australia

Fires in Australia

23 October 2009


Fires in Queensland

Fires burned along the coast of Queensland, Australia on 17 October 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image the same day. Red outlines indicatehotspots associated with actively burning fires. Thick plumes of smoke blow away from the fires predominantly toward the northwest, although two large clusters of fires west-southwest of Cairns send their smoke toward the southwest.

On 19 October, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service reported that fire crews had battled 41 blazes the previous day, and warned that severe fire danger continued throughout the state, urging residents to be vigilant.

Fires in Southwestern Australia

Multiple fires burned in Western Australia, south of Perth, on 16 October 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image the same day. Red outlines, associated with high surface temperatures, delineate the contours of actively burning fires. The two largest fires, one north and the other south of the city of Bunbury, produce thick plumes of smoke that blow toward the coast.

(source: earth observatory)


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