On October 13, 2006, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of fires burning in a long line across southern Cape Barren Island, south of Australia. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red. A long plume of smoke widens out to the east over the Tasman Sea. According to the daily bushfire summary report from the Tasman Fire Service on October 16, two fires—each about 39,000 hectares (96,371 acres)—were burning on Cape Barren Island. Neither was considered controlled.
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.
Smoke poured from fires burning in the Dominican Republic in this image, taken on March 18, 2005. The majority of the fires set on the island are probably agricultural fires, set to prepare land for planting. The largest fires, however, may be uncontrolled fires.