30 Jun '16, 2pm

Wildfires Rage in Siberia

Wildfires Rage in Siberia

In late June 2016, satellites observed thick plumes of smoke rising from dozens of large wildfires in north-central Russia. The fires were located several hundred kilometers northeast of Krasnoyarsk. These natural-color images were acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on June 29, 2016. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected warm surface temperatures associated with fire. Notice the lack of clouds around the fires in the upper image; it is possible that heat rising from the fires has prevented the formation of clouds. The lower image highlights a cluster of intense fires north of the Angara River. The MODIS sensor first detected large numbers of hot spots in this area on June 19, 2016, with several isolated fires growing and multiplying over the following days. According to reporting by Komsomolskaya Pr...

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