Scores of fires were burning along the Russian border with China on May 8, 2006. The fires, marked with red, were sending up brown smoke that is so thick that it entirely masked the land underneath it. The land around the fires was charred dark brown where the fires had already burned. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image on May 8.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.