Smoke Over Western Australia – April 25th, 201315.2S 126.0E
Fires in Western Australia create a cloud of haze that hangs over the region and blows northwestward over the ocean. These fires may be prescribed burns set purposefully, at the beginning of the dry season when vegetation has dried enough to burn but is still wet enough that fires won’t grow out of control, as part of a program managed by the Australian government and by conservation groups.
The objective of this program, called the Ecofire effort, is to reduce destructive late-season fires by increasing the number of early-season fires. This is done because early fires tend to burn in a pattern that makes it easier for vegetation to reestablish itself afterwards. Late-season fires, on the other hand, often sweep across the landscape and leave expansive burn scars that alter ecosystems for years.