December 9, 2010 - Fires in Israel

Fires in Israel

The largest forest fire in Israelís history burned outside of Haifa on December 3, 2010. Having started the previous day, the fire quickly grew out of control as strong winds blew through the drought-dried forest. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAís Aqua satellite captured this image of the fire on December 3 at 12:50 p.m. local time.

Red boxes outline the actively burning areas. It is evident that winds were still strong, since the thick plumes of smoke are blowing west over the Mediterranean Ocean.

The fire started on December 2, and was extinguished on December 5. In that four day span, it burned 5,000 hectares (12,300 acres), 74 buildings, and killed 42 people, reported BBC News.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 12/3/2010
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC