December 2, 2013 - Western Australia

Western Australia

The 2013-2014 bushfire in Western Australia was well underway in early November, with dozens of fires visible from space.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on November 10, 2013. Fires speckle the landscape from the coastal regions in the northwest, through the more southerly, arid inland regions.

According to, the 2013/14 Australian Bush Fire season is being forecast to be even more serious than last year’s. Higher than average rainfall across Australia for the last 2 years has sparked abundant grass growth, which, when combined with high temperatures, creates a heavy fuel as the dry season progresses. The combination of high temperatures, large fuel loads, and high winds creates conditions ripe for high intensity, fast running grass fires throughout much of Australia during the current bushfire season.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 11/10/2013
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC