Last update: November 11th, 2019 at 11:00 am
On February 1, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image of a large bushfire burning near the town of Northcliffe in Southwestern Australia. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire.
As of February 2, the fire had charred 20,000 hectares (70 square miles). According to media reports, local fire authorities considered Northcliffe “undefendable” and have urged residents to evacuate.