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Fires South of Lake Argyle, Australia – June 30th, 2012

16.6S 128.7E

June 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes

Australia – June 26th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from two large bushfires south of Lake Argyle (top center), near the border between Australia’s Northern Territory (right half of image) and Western Australia (left half of image) blow to the West. The plume of smoke from the fire to the South fans out over a greater area. Such fires are common in this part of Australia during the southern hemisphere winter, and this season they have been further spurred by dry conditions in the preceding months.

Thick Plumes of Smoke at Start of Northern Australia Bushfire Season – June 28th, 2012

12.4S 131.7E

June 28th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – June 26th, 2012

The 2012 northern Australia bushfire season has gotten off to an intense start, as can be observed from the many thick plumes of smoke visible here, in the country’s Northern Territory. Most of the plumes are blowing towards the northwest, although shifting winds are carrying a few towards the west-southwest.

Winter is northern Australia’s fire season due to the drying out of summer grasses and lack of rainfall. This, combined with warm temperatures, dry winds and low humidity makes conditions ripe for the start and spread of fires. Also of note in this image are sediments along the coastline, particularly in the Van Diemen Gulf, between the mainland and the large Melville Island.

Fires in New South Wales, Australia

29.1S 151.6E

December 14th, 2009 Category: Fires

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Australia - December 9th, 2009

Smoke from fires in New South Wales, Australia, blows toward the Tasman Sea. Fires services report that nearly 100 bushfires are still raging, with 29 of these rated “uncontainable”. Many fires are the result of some dry lightning that has went through the area over the last few days.

Over the weekend, the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology reissued the fire weather warning for New South Wales, saying that hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to increase fire dangers to dangerous levels in parts of the state.

Severe Fire Danger was also forecast for the North Western and Upper Central West Plains. The NSW Rural Fire Service warned that any bush fire that starts has the potential to threaten lives and destroy homes and issued a total fire ban on those areas.