NASA image: Wildfires in Siberia

May 29, 2013
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.

The snow is mostly gone in Siberia which means that the time is ripe for wildfires. This region is mostly dry when the snows are gone and lightning or a carelessly thrown cigarette can easily start a wildfire. This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on May 29, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red.

The website http://fires.kosmosnimki.ru/ is reporting dozens of hotspots in the region where captured this image. There seem to be two separate areas of fires and the

Kosmosnimki website reports the following:

Suntarsky Ulus, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - (left)
Total fires: 9
Total outbreaks: 85

Kobjajsky Ulus, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - (right)
Total fires: 8
Total outbreaks: 237

Explore further: NASA image: Wildfires in Siberia

Related Stories

NASA image: Wildfires in Siberia

May 10, 2013

The Aqua satellite provided this satellite image showing a series of hotspots found in the Siberian region of Russia.

Image: Fires in Nepal

April 15, 2013

Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops.

Image: Fires in India and Nepal

April 11, 2013

Agricultural fires are set all over the world at different times to prepare the soil for the planting of new crops.

NASA image: Fires in Eastern Russia

May 3, 2013

Fires in eastern Russia are commonplace at this time of year. Both wildfires and those deliberately set for agricultural purposes are often seen in the Amur region of Russia. This image from the Aqua satellite shows a plethora ...

NASA image: Agricultural fires dot Mexico

May 3, 2013

In Guerrero, Oaxaca, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco regions (as well as others in the Yucatan Peninsula) of Mexico hundreds of fires were detected by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite. The location, widespread nature, ...

Recommended for you

Clay mineral waters Earth's mantle from the inside

November 20, 2017

The first observation of a super-hydrated phase of the clay mineral kaolinite could improve our understanding of processes that lead to volcanism and affect earthquakes. In high-pressure and high-temperature X-ray measurements ...

Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas

November 20, 2017

A study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive—and, as a result, today's global climate models may be misjudging the amount ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.