Burn Scars and Late-Season Fires in Kazakhstan
On September 20, 2002, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Kazakhstan and numerous fires (red dots) burning there. 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.
This image originally appeared on the Earth Observatory. Click here to view the full, original record.