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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 Scattered About Queensland, Australia

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December 5th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – December 3rd, 2012

Plumes of smoke from multiple fires in Queensland, Australia, can be seen scattered about the image, blowing in various directions due to differences in wind currents. The largest plumes are visible in the upper part of the image, on the Cape York Peninsula.

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.

Thick Plumes of Smoke from Fires on Cape York Peninsula, Australia

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November 15th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – November 14th, 2012

Smoke from fires on Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia, blows westward over the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the full image, some other, smaller fires can be seen to the south. The peninsula’s land is mostly flat. Although about half of the area is used for grazing cattle, there are also eucalyptus wooded savannahs and tropical rainforests.

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