Fires in north central Australia
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Dozens of active fire detections (red dots) were made across Northern Australia on September 3, 2003, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. The scene shows Western Australia (left) and Northern Territory (right). Much of the land in this part of the country is rangeland or farmland, and these fires are likely planned burns that have been set as part of a natural resource management strategy.