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Fires in Montana and Idaho

Fires in Montana and Idaho

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, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Fires (outlined in red) have been burning in these areas since late July. Fire activity has flared up and then died down periodically, and plumes of smoke have crossed the country to the East Coast off and on.

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.

NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center