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The Summer of 2012-13 Brings Fires to Australia

Fires in Southeastern Australia
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Fires in Southeastern Australia

In February 2013, fires raged near Grampians Nationals Park in Victoria.

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Saving Siding Spring Observatory
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Saving Siding Spring Observatory

When a bushfire tore through an Australian astronomical observatory in January 2013, fire-prevention lessons from a decade earlier paid off. An image from the Terra satellite shows the small but crucial patch of forest that survived the blaze.

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Giblin River Fire Burn Scar in Tasmania
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Giblin River Fire Burn Scar in Tasmania

Tasmania’s Southwest National Park was the scene of a large bushfire that burned through a fire-adapted ecosystem during an extreme heatwave in January 2013.

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Bushfire Burn Scar near Dunalley, Tasmania
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Bushfire Burn Scar near Dunalley, Tasmania

The Terra satellite captured this image of the charred landscape near Dunalley after intense bushfires tore through the area. The fire destroyed about 30 percent of the buildings in the town.

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Burn Scar from the Yarrabin Fire in New South Wales
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Burn Scar from the Yarrabin Fire in New South Wales

The Yarrabin fire burned more than 10,000 hectares in New South Wales. It was one of numerous bushfires that burned throughout Australia when an intense heat wave struck the continent in January 2013.

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Nighttime Fires near Alice Springs, Central Australia
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Nighttime Fires near Alice Springs, Central Australia

An intense heat wave that struck Australia in January 2013 fueled damaging fires not only in Tasmania but in central Australia as well. Satellites captured images of the fires during the night and day on January 9.

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Australia on Fire
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Australia on Fire

Exceptional heat fueled fires across Australia in January 2013. Tasmania and New South Wales were among the hardest-hit areas.

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Wildfires in New South Wales
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Wildfires in New South Wales

Record-breaking temperatures have fueled fires across Australia. In New South Wales, firefighters fought numerous fires across the densely-populated state on January 9, 2013.

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Wildfires in Tasmania
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Wildfires in Tasmania

Extreme heat and strong winds fueled destructive bushfires across Tasmania in January. The Terra satellite captured this view of the fires on January 7, 2013.

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Fires Across Cape York Peninsula
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Fires Across Cape York Peninsula

Though abundant, wildfires in northern Australia’s tropical savannas tend to be less destructive than blazes in the south.

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Wildfires in Australia
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Wildfires in Australia

The Terra satellite observed smoke, wildfires, and river sediment in northern Australia on October 13, 2012.

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Wildfires in Northern Australia
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Wildfires in Northern Australia

Intense bushfires in northern Australia spawned pyrocumulus clouds in October 2012.

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