Smoke from fires near St. Maxime in southeast France
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Forest fires have swept through scenic woodlands along the French Riviera on the country’s Mediterranean coastline, killing five people, destroying scenic forests and forcing thousands to evacuate the region. These images of the region show the Maures hill region along the coast of southeast France in true and false-color on July 28 and 29, 2003, and the wider Mediterranean region on July 29, 2003.
On July 28, a dark brown burn scar (red in the false-color image) is evident to the northeast of the apex of the coastline, which is roughly centered in the image. Left of center (to the east of the lake) is the city of Marseille. On July 29, the smoke from the blaze has drifted eastward to Italy.