Fires in Australia
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Bushfires in Australia’s interior show little sign of abating. Strong winds pushed fires to flare up on October 15, 2011, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite acquired this image. The fires are marked in red.

2011 has been an intense fire season. Earlier in the year, La Niña rains built up a thick growth of grass, which is now dry fuel. Smoke-filled skies are posing a hazard to drivers, including those participating in the 2011 World Solar Challenge.

  1. References

  2. Cullen, D. (2011, October 17). Bushfire halts solarcar race in its tracks. The Register. Accessed October 17, 2011.
  3. Liston, G. (2011, October 17). Bushfires raging in Red Center. ABC News. Accessed October 17, 2011.

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

Aqua - MODIS

Fires in Australia

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