Several parts of Queensland, Australia, were experiencing bushfires in late October 2008. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows scores of fires (locations marked in red) on October 24. The largest fire was burning in the central part of Cape York Peninsula, and multiple fires burned in the area surrounding Rockhampton. Although some of these fires may be intentional brush or grass-burning fires on managed lands or private property, local fire reports indicate that several of them are wildfires that are threatening homes and closing roads.
Acquired October 17, 2009, this true-color image shows fires burning along the Queensland coast. Red outlines indicate actively burning fires. With a few exceptions, wind blows smoke from the fires toward the northwest.