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Wildfire Smoke over the Sea of Okhotsk
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Smoke from wildfires streamed across the Sea of Okhotsk in late July 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 27, 2011.
Nearly 120 fires were burning in the Russian Federation as of July 28, 2011, according to EMERCOM of Russia. Nineteen of those blazes were in the Far Eastern Federal District.
Marked by tiny red dots, some actively burning fires appear just west of Sakhalin in this image, and those fires produce heavy smoke. The thick river of smoke that blows over the Sea of Okhotsk, however, appears to have originated farther west.