Fires in Northern Australia
September 7, 2004
Fires, marked in red, are scattered around Australia's Northern Territory in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from September 3, 2004. While many of these fires are likely part of a planned, controlled burning program, others are also wildfires. Many of the fires send clouds of blue-grey smoke into the sky; the smoke floats up, then in an upper layer of the atmosphere, winds begin carrying the smoke off to the northwest. Much of the region is characterized by tropical savannas: eucalypt forests growing over a floor of grasses.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Ecological succession, Wildland fire suppression, Occupational safety and health, Savanna, Controlled burn, Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands, Wildfire, Australia