Fires in Queensland, Australia

Fires in Queensland, Australia
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Grasslands and tropical savannas dominate northern Australia. These landscapes dry dramatically after the rainy season and become extremely fire prone. The most devastating fires usually occur late in the dry season, which runs from May until October. In these true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from October 2002, numerous large fires on the Cape York Peninsula are marked with red dots. Dark burn scars show the extent of the fires.

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  • Data Date:

    October 17, 2002
  • Visualization Date:

    November 8, 2002
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration