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Fires Burning Across Sumatra, Indonesia

1.0N 102.3E

March 7th, 2014 Category: Climate Change, Fires MODISTerra

Sumatra, Indonesia – March 7th, 2014

Hundreds of fires burning across the Island of Sumatra release plumes of smoke that blow towards the southwest.

Clearing land for timber and agriculture is likely to blame for Indonesia’s latest bout of fires. According to data from Global Forest Watch – a new online system that tracks tree cover change, fires, and other information in near-real time – roughly half of these fires are burning on land managed by oil palm, timber, and logging companies – despite the fact that using fire to clear land is illegal in Indonesia.

Bush Fires Destroy Dozens of Houses in Australia’s South East

38S 147.4E

February 10th, 2014 Category: Fires VIIRS/MODISSuomi-NPP/Aqua

Australia – February 10th, 2014

Fires – Day/Night Images

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are battling wildfires across the country’s south-east which have destroyed dozens of homes and set a coal mine alight.

The worst of the fires spread in swirling winds across the state of Victoria, which faced its worst threat since the Black Saturday fires in February 2009 which killed 173 people.

The fires, which include a blaze with a front more than 24 miles long, have spread across the state and reached the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city.

Thousands of people were evacuated across the state, more than 30,000 residents spent the night without power and some rural train services were suspended. No lives have been reported lost but further losses of homes are expected.

In Kilmore, a town about 35 miles north of Melbourne, residents said the damage was “horrendous”.
Firefighters from interstate and from New Zealand joined the battle, as authorities deployed more than 200 tankers and 21 aircraft. Police are investigating nine cases of arson, which may have contributed to the 150-odd fires that have broken out in recent days.

Milder conditions have assisted fire crews but about 48 blazes in Victoria remain out of control. A fire has broken out in an open-cut coal mine in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, which is likely to take several days to control.

Source “The Telegraph”

Fires in Manitoba, Canada, Continue to Blaze

57.3N 93.6W

June 30th, 2013 Category: Fires, Rivers MODISAqua

Canada – June 28th, 2013

Fires northwest of the mouth of the Nelson River, in Manitoba, Canada, near the shores of the Hudson Bay, continue to release thick plumes of smoke. Here, winds are carrying the smoke principally in a southwesterly direction.

Fires in Manitoba and Quebec by Hudson Bay, Canada

51.0N 80.2W

June 29th, 2013 Category: Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Canada – June 28th, 2013

Fires can be seen in several locations near the Hudson Bay, Canada, in this image. Several plumes are visible in Quebec, east of James Bay, the southern extension of the Hudson Bay (lower right quadrant). The smoke from these fires is blowing towards the west. Another cluster of fires is visible in Manitoba, near the mouth of the Nelson River where it spills into Hudson Bay (center left). The plumes of smoke from those fires blows towards the southwest.

Fires East of James Bay, Canada

51.8N 78.1W

June 29th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

Canada – June 28th, 2013

Several large fires burning in the Canadian province of Quebec, east of James Bay, the southernmost reaches of the Hudson Bay, release thick white smoke. The plumes of smoke from the fires nearest the bay blow westward, while those further east blow to the northwest. The smoke from those clustered near the shores of the bay release thick smoke that fans out as it cross the shoreline, obscuring the rich brown sediments coloring the waters below.

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