Last update: September 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Dozens of large fires were burning across the semi-arid landscape of northwestern Australia on November 17, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Places where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. Burn scars, which stand out in deep brown against the tan and faint green background of the unburned savanna and grasslands, are evident in many locations. Many of the fires are creating plumes of gray smoke that contrast sharply with the bright white clouds.