Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 6:00 am
Dozens of large forest fires burned in Russia’s Far East on July 18, 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The forests of the area are deep green; at high elevations, the ground is bare and brown. Places where MODIS detected fires are outlined in red. Thick smoke plumes spread north from the blazes.
Credit: NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.