In the Northern Rockies in mid-August 2005, more than a dozen fires were burning across Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This image of the tinder-dry, flammable region was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on August 15. Locations where MODIS detected active fires are marked in red. Among the large fires are the School Fire in Washington, the Blackberry and China Ten Fires in Idaho, and the I-80 and Rockin Fires in Montana. For information on the threats these fires pose to residences, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources, read the daily situation report for August 16, published by the National Interagency Fire Center.
The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image at additional resolutions.