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Fire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, USA – June 28th, 2013

33.6N 108.6W

June 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 27th, 2013

Smoke from a large fire in the Gila National Forest, in New Mexico, west of the Rio Grande (running parallel to the right edge), can be seen fanning out over a great area as it blows westward. The Gila National Forest covers approximately 2,710,659 acres (1,100,000 ha) of public land. Terrain ranges from rugged mountains and deep canyons to semi-desert. Due to the extremely rugged terrain, the area is largely unspoiled.

Sunglint on Lakes and Fire in Southern USA

32.7N 96.8W

June 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Lakes MODISTerra

USA – June 26th, 2013

Many lakes and reservoirs, highlighted by sunglint and thus appearing silvery green in color, dot the left half of this image of Texas and Lousiana, in southern USA. In the lower right quadrant, a fire can be seen releasing a plume of smoke that blows towards the northeast.

Fire in Sierra Nevada Foothills, California, USA – June 18th, 2013

37.3N 119.7W

June 18th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 17th, 2013

A plume of smoke from a wildfire burning in the wooded foothills of the Sierra Nevada, east of California’s Great Central Valley, can be seen just to the right of the center of this image. The smoke from the fire is blowing towards the south-southeast, trailing over the valley.

Fire Near Upemba Depression, Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 28th, 2013

8.6S 26.3E

April 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Lakes, Wetlands

Democratic Republic of the Congo – April 27th, 2013

A fire can be seen east of the Upemba Depression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, releasing a plume of smoke that blows northwest. The Upemba Depression, Kamalondo Depression, is a large marshy bowl area comprising some fifty lakes, including 22 of relatively large size including Lake Upemba (530 km²) and Lake Kisale (300 km²). In an earlier era, the area was probably occupied by one large lake.
The area is covered in marshland and is partially within the Upemba National Park in Haut-Lomami District.

Smoke Over Western Australia – April 25th, 2013

15.2S 126.0E

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

Australia – April 23rd, 2013

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.