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Fires Throughout Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia – November 6th, 2012

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November 6th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – November 4th, 2012

Many plumes of smoke can be visible throughout the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia. Most of the smoke is blowing in a generally westward direction, although wind currents cause some plumes to fan out over a greater area than others.

Fires Throughout Cape York Peninsula During Dry Season, Australia – December 6th, 2012

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December 6th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – December 4th, 2012

Wildfires are burning throughout Cape York Peninsula, the northernmost part of Australia, in Queensland. Smoke plumes from multiple fires are visible billowing in various directions, but mostly towards the west.

Fires are common in this region of Australia at this time of year, since humidity drops and temperatures rise beginning with the arrival of the dry season in March, meaning that by the end of November, grasses and woodland trees have reached a very flammable state. Over the last few days, winds blowing at about 20 kilometers (12 miles) per hour have helped sustain fires that were likely started by lightning and human activity.

Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia

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November 27th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 26th, 2012

Fires continue to affect the Cape York Peninsula, in Queensland, Australia, as of late November (click here for previous images). Here, two main clusters of fires are visible, one above the image center and one below. The smoke from both clusters is blowing westward.

Veil of Smoke Over Queensland, Australia

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November 22nd, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 22nd, 2012

A translucent veil of smoke hangs over the Cape York Peninsula, in northern Queensland, Australia. Upon opening the full image, several individual fires and plumes of smoke can be observed, contributing to the general hazy cloud over the region.

Fires in Queensland, Australia

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November 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 19th, 2012

Fires in Queensland, Australia, release plumes of smoke. The winds in the lower half of the image blow the smoke plumes towards the northwest, while those in the upper half of the image carry them westward. Officials have warned of heightened fire danger across the state, particularly in the central part.