Fires in eastern Russia

Fires in eastern Russia
  • Credit:

    Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

When summer arrives, it’s fire season in places other than the western United States. Lightning from summer thunderstorms triggers the majority of wildfires in Russia’s boreal forests, and these fires can burn the trees and the deep layers of peat soil on the forest floor, releasing huge clouds of smoke. This image of fires (red dots) in eastern Russia was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on July 17, 2003.

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  • Data Date:

    July 17, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    July 17, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration