By Tuesday evening (local time), January 24, 2006, news reports from southwestern Western Australia indicated that damp, cool weather had lessened—but not eliminated—the fire risk posed by a large blaze that had been threatening the towns of Yarloop, Waroona, and Hamel. This image shows the fires in that region on January 22, 2006. The image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Areas were MODIS detected active fire are outlined in red. A thick smoke plume drifts from the larger fire in the scene.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.