Fires in Eastern Russia Rage On
Fires in the eastern part of Russia continue to burn in this recent satellite image. This year, as reported earlier, there have been more than 17,000 large Russian wildfires, which have burned more than 115,625 square miles (299,467 square kilometers), according to researchers at the Sukachev Institute of Forest in the Russian Academy of Sciences. That's an area roughly the size of Arizona.
Compare that to last year when only 77,220 square miles (200,000 square km) burned, which is about average for the last decade.
Christine Wiedinmyer, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., used satellite measurements to determine that Russian wildfires produced more carbon monoxide this year than any year since 2003. Wildfires produce about half of all carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, according to NASA.
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on September 23, 2012. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.
Our Amazing Planet article from Sept. 13, 2012
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner.