April 16, 2008 - Fires in Southern Russia

Fires in Southern Russia

On April 7, 2008, a dusting of snow lingered over the mountainous terrain west of the city of Chita in southern Russia, but spring fires were burning in abundance in the lower elevations. Places where the MODIS on the Aqua satellite detected fires are marked in red.

A relatively strong wind is carrying smoke plumes from the fires to the southeast. The smoke is slightly grayer than surrounding clouds. It is early in the spring season for naturally ignited wildfires to be occurring in the region’s forests, which suggests that these fires are either intentional fires for agriculture or forest management, or accidental forest fires.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 04/07/2008
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC