Fire in Porongurup National Park, Western Australia

Firein Porongurup National Park, Western Australia

12 February 2007

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Australia — Smoke blows almost due east from a devastating bushfire that hasravaged nearly all the terrain of a small national park in the southern part ofWestern Australia. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution ImagingSpectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terrasatellite on February 12, 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.

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  Image Acquired:  February 12, 2007


Image Posted
February 12, 2007

Satellite & Sensor
Terra- MODISEO Natural Hazards Fire in Porongurup National Park, Western Australia

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides twice-dailyimages of the region in additional resolutions.

NASA image courtesy the MODISRapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

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