April 15, 2010 - Wildfire in Central Chile

Wildfire in Central Chile

A large fire in central Chile scorched thousands of acres of natural woodlands, pastures, and pine plantations in early April, and on April 6, 2010, thick brownish smoke hung over the Bío Bío and northern Araucanía provinces.

In this image, which was captured by the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 10:45 a.m. local time, the locations of actively burning fires are outlined in red. (Other “hot spots” may be undetectable beneath the thick smoke.) According to news reports, the cause of the fire was unknown.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 04/06/2010
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC