East of Lake Baikal (left center edge) in southern Russia, scores of forest fires continue to rage out of control and choke the skies with smoke. The smoke stretches far southward into Mongolia (bottom left) and northern China (bottom right). This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) was captured by the Terra satellite on June 2, 2003.
The high-resolution image provided above is 500 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters.