Fires and smoke near Yakutsk, Russia
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Massive wildfires were burning in eastern Russia along the Lena River (top and center) near the city of Yakutsk. The Central Siberian Plateau is shrouded by thick smoke in these images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite. This series of images begins on August 17, 2002. In the false-color images, vegetation is green, burned areas are reddish brown, and smoke is light blue.