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Bush Fires Destroy Dozens of Houses in Australia’s South East

38S 147.4E

February 10th, 2014 Category: Fires VIIRS/MODISSuomi-NPP/Aqua

Australia – February 10th, 2014

Fires – Day/Night Images

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are battling wildfires across the country’s south-east which have destroyed dozens of homes and set a coal mine alight.

The worst of the fires spread in swirling winds across the state of Victoria, which faced its worst threat since the Black Saturday fires in February 2009 which killed 173 people.

The fires, which include a blaze with a front more than 24 miles long, have spread across the state and reached the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Thousands of people were evacuated across the state, more than 30,000 residents spent the night without power and some rural train services were suspended. No lives have been reported lost but further losses of homes are expected.

In Kilmore, a town about 35 miles north of Melbourne, residents said the damage was “horrendous”.
Firefighters from interstate and from New Zealand joined the battle, as authorities deployed more than 200 tankers and 21 aircraft. Police are investigating nine cases of arson, which may have contributed to the 150-odd fires that have broken out in recent days.

Milder conditions have assisted fire crews but about 48 blazes in Victoria remain out of control. A fire has broken out in an open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, which is likely to take several days to control.

Source “The Telegraph”

Fires in Australia’s Northern Territory – June 17th, 2013

13.4S 130.8E

June 17th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

Australia – June 17th, 2013

Fires in the northern part of Australia’s Northern Territory, between the Van Diemen Gulf and King Sound, release plumes of smoke that blow towards the west. The coastline is framed by sediments, with a greenish phytoplankton bloom visible further offshore in the upper left quadrant.

Fires East of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Australia – May 25th, 2013

14.2S 129.9E

May 25th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – May 25th, 2013

Fires can be seen east of the sediment-laden Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, in the Victoria Daly Shire, a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. The shire covers an area of 168,277 kmĀ² and has an estimated population of 6,868 people. The smoke plumes from the fires are blowing in a northwesterly direction, towards the Timor Sea.

Wildfires in Victoria, Australia

37.8S 144.9E

May 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – May 9th, 2013

Red markers indicate the locations of wildfires near the coast of Victoria, Australia, southwest of Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne. One fire exudes a plume of smoke that blows due southeast, over the Bass Strait. The fires appear to be located in mountainous, wooded regions, and thus are likely wildfires burning through woodland rather than agricultural in nature.

Fires in Australia’s Northern Territory

13.8S 129.9E

May 8th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – May 8th, 2013

Red markers indicate the locations of wildfires near the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf (lower left quadrant) and south of the Van Diemen Gulf (upper right quadrant), in Australia’s Northern Territory. Near the image center, the cluster of markers, indicating many fires in close proximity, is so large that it almost blots out the view of the smoke plumes emanating from the blazes.

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