In the last week of January 2007, a forest fire burned on the Hawaiian island of Maui, scorching several hundred acres of state park land and forest reserves before it was contained. This image from January 26 from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shows the fire (location marked in red) casting a long plume of smoke westward over the Pacific Ocean. According to news reports, the cause of the fire was not known.
The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides twice-daily images of the region in additional resolutions.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center
- Terra - MODIS