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Fires on Melville Island
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Fires on Melville Island

May 1, 2013
A large fire was burning on Melville Island north of mainland Australia on October 4, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The places where the sensor detected actively burning fire are outlined in red. A large fire on the eastern end of Melville Island billowed a long plume of smoke northwestward over the Arafura Sea. Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center