Bush fires surrounding Sydney continue to burn feverishly, and vast
smoke plumes ascend from the southeastern coastline of Australia and
extend out over the Tasman Sea. This true-color image from NASA’s Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) was made from
data collected on January 5, 2002. More than a dozen active fires are burning in the region, as indicated by the thick plumes of greyish smoke streaming southeastward.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC