Fires in New South Wales, Australia
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
News reports from New South Wales, Australia, indicate that fire danger is high across the region and that as of October 7, 2002, 70 fires were burning across the state—20 of which were out of control. This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was acquired by Aqua MODIS on October 8, 2002, and shows numerous fires (red dots) and heavy smoke, especially long the coast between Brisbane and Sydney. The fires burning in Sydney's suburbs have already destroyed 10 homes.