Fires in Queensland, Australia
This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on February 03, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.
Queensland fire authorities are on high alert these days as temperatures in the area continue to rise. Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit have been plaguing the area for weeks. The high temperatures combined with dry conditions are the perfect mix for outbreaks of wildfires which is exactly what is taking place in Queensland and what the fire authorities are trying to keep under control. Several years of wet conditions in the area have created a surplus of natural fuel to start and keep those fires going.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC. Caption by Lynn Jenner.