March 10, 2011 - Fires in southeast Australia

Fires in southeast Australia

Red boxes outline the locations of several fires burning in southeastern Australia on March 7, 2011. The fires are burning primarily in the dark green forest-covered Australian Alps in Victoria. Though the smoke pouring from the fires makes them appear to be large wildfires, most are controlled burns. The locations of the fires align with a map of planned fires released by the state government of Victoria.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this true-color image early in the afternoon on March 7. In addition to the many large, smoky fires, several more small fires burn throughout Victoria and New South Wales.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 3/07/2011
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC