July 26, 2007 - Fires in Southern Europe

Fires in Southern Europe

This image, captured by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite on July 22, 2007, shows multiple fires across southern Europe. This region has been experiencing a heat wave, which, in combination with winds and lack of rain have not helped efforts to contain multiple wildfires. The red dots show the locations of the fires - the black lines denote country borders.

Smoke drifts over the Ionian Sea, and the fires are visible throughout Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, and other nearby countries. The fires have been causing evacuations and destroying hundreds of acres of forest. According to the Associated Press, the wildfires have even caused shells from past wars to explode, from WWI in Macedonia, and from WWII and The Greek Civil War of the 1940s, in Greece.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 07/22/2007
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC