Kangaroo Island, South Australia
On December 8, 2007, the MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of fires burning on Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia. Places where the sensor detected active fire are outlined in red.
Thick, gray-brown smoke spreads eastward over Encounter Bay, the body of water between Kangaroo Island and the mainland. According to news reports from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the fires, many of them burning in parks and conservations areas, were still out of control as of December 10.
Also visible on the image is Adelaide - a city on the mainland, located near the top right-hand corner of the image, on the Gulf of St. Vincent, which is to the west. The Yorke Peninsula is in the top center of the image.