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Fires in East Gippsland Victoria
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Fires in East Gippsland, Victoria

May 15, 2013
Several bushfires were burning in state and national parks in the eastern corner of Victoria on March 31, 2009, spreading smoke across a large area of southern Victoria, including Melbourne (visible in large image). This image of the fires (outlined in red) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Clouds were building across the area at the time of this image, and they delivered some rain later that day and evening, according to the April 1 fire status report from the Victoria Department of Sustainability and the Environment.