Late Dry Season Fires in Northern Territory • Earth.com

Last update: June 27th, 2019 at 7:00 am

On September 29, 2004, several large fires were burning across the savannas and open woodlands of Northern Territory, Australia. Areas in which MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. This part of Australia is known as the “Top End,” and the region is under the predominant influence of the Northwest Monsoon, with a pounced wet and dry season. September marks the end of the dry season, a time when fires have the potential to be much more damaging to the ecosystems than they are in the early dry season in May and June.

Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center

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