According to the September 4 report from the National Interagency Fire Center, 24 large fires burned in Montana and Idaho in early September 2007. Many of these fires had been burning in the states’ remote, mountainous terrain for more than a month. Throughout the summer, the fires occasionally produced thick clouds of smoke that spread across the Great Plains and as far as the East Coast. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the fires (red outlines) on September 3, 2007.
The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides twice-daily images of the region in additional resolutions.
In the northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana, dozens of large, dangerous wildfires burned hundreds of thousands of acres in later summer 2007. Images from early September show fires were still burning.
More than a dozen large fires (some of them fire complexes that included more than one fire) were burning in Idaho and Montana on September 12, 2007. Fires have been burning in these areas since late July.