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Fires in Tasmania and Victoria, Australia

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January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 7th, 2013

Australia has been hit by hit temperatures, dry conditions, and strong winds over the last week, making for dangerous fire conditions. As over 130 fires burn in New South Wales, 40 of which have not yet been contained (click here for other images), blazes are also affecting Tasmania (bottom right) and Victoria (upper left). The fire in Victoria is located near the coast and the border with South Australia. The blaze on the Tasman peninsula is currently uncontrolled, and is located near areas already hit by blazes over the weekend.

Wildfires in New South Wales, Australia – January 9th, 2013

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January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 8th, 2013

High winds and record temperatures are fanning fires in south-east Australia. More than 130 fires are currently burning in New South Wales, 40 of which have not been contained. Four areas in New South Wales have been given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating, meaning that if fires break out they will be uncontrollable and fast-moving, so residents should leave.

The fires and warnings follow days of searing heat. In a statement, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology revealed that for each of the first six days of 2013, the “national area-average” temperature had been in the top 20 hottest days on record. It was also the first time that average national top temperatures over 39C had been recorded on five consecutive days, the bureau said. In New South Wales, temperatures had passed 40C by midday at the coast. Winds of up to 80kph (50mph) have also been forecast.

Fires are burning along the New South Wales coast, and also in the north-west of the state, but the largest concentration is in the south-east, around the Canberra area. The four areas given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating – Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges and Riverina – are in this region. A big fire is also burning in near Cooma, 100km (60 miles) south of Canberra. The fire service says it is out of control and have advised residents to seek shelter, saying it is too late to leave.

Fires East of the Pilliga Scrub, Australia

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October 26th, 2012 Category: Fires

Australia – October 24th, 2012

Fires can be seen (top right) in New South Wales, Australia, in a national park not far from the coast of, near the border with Queensland. Plumes of smoke from the two largest fires are blowing westward.

Also of note, appearing as a large, brown expanse in the upper left quadrant, are the State Forests of The Pilliga, commonly known as the Pilliga Scrub. The area is composed of some 3000 km2 of semi-arid woodland in temperate north-central New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest such continuous remnant in the state.

Vegetation Index of Southeastern Australia During Summer

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June 20th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - December 31st, 2011

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of parts of South Australia (upper left quadrant), New South Wales (upper right quadrant) and Tasmania (lower right quadrant) during the country’s summer season. The index is highest (green) by the southern coast and southeastern part of New South Wales and on the island of Tasmania. The terrain of South Australia and further inland in New South Wales shows a very low (light yellow) index.

Vegetation Index of Southeastern Australia and Tasmania

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February 25th, 2012 Category: Vegetation Index

Australia - January 2nd, 2012

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation index of southeastern Australia, in the states of Victoria (below) and New South Wales (above), as well as the island and state of Tasmania, located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the continent, separated by the Bass Strait.

The vegetation index is generally good along the coastline, as can be observed from the green false-coloring. A few patches of high activity (rusty red) are also visible. Further inland, the index becomes significantly lower, as can be observed from the light yellow color.

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