Fires and Burn Scars in the United States
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Fires and Burn Scars in the United States

November 18, 2007
With the return of the growing season, fires are beginning to appear all over the United States. This true-color Terra MODIS image from April 2, 2005, shows the fires, which are marked in red, scattered across the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas (from right to left in rows, top to bottom), though concentrated most heavily in Kansas and Oklahoma. Some of the fires seem to have dark shadows on the ground near them; these dark spots are burn scars. Burn scars, which appear dark red in this false-color image, are the scorched aftermath of a fire. They generally last from one to two growing seasons, depending on the rate of plant growth.

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