Last update: June 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
On September 20, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this false-color image of Kazakhstan and numerous fires (red dots) burning there. Vegetation is light green, and burn scars are reddish-brown. The fires are, for the most part, agricultural fires. The patchwork of small rectangles that dominates the northern part of the image shows plots of farm or ranch land. Some of the larger blazes to the south may be grassland fires, or agricultural burns that got out of control.
Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC