Firefighters in Victoria, Australia, brought the state’s devastating bushfires under control one by one in February 2009. Among the remaining fires still listed as “going” in the February 25 fire status report from the Victoria Department of Sustainability and the Environment was the 158,000-hectare (390,425-acre) Killmore East-Murrundindi North fire.
This false-color image of the fire was captured on February 24 by the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are marked in red. If you move your mouse over the image, you will see the same scene but in true color for comparison. False color makes it easier to see features like burn scars from the fire, which are dark red in color and visible through the region. Healthy vegetation is bright green. The smoke from the fires is a pale blue.