02 July 2007

Recent Australian Fire Activity

Images extracted from NASA MODIS Rapid Response . The image is a composite of 'hotspots' over the globe as seen from the MODIS satellite over 10 days (20-29 Jun 2007 in this instance).

Nationwide, fire activity is currently very low. The number and areal coverage of the fires is down compared to the same period last year, where fires were more widespread. This year, widespread fires are seen in northwestern NT and to a smaller degree, the Cape York Peninsula. The reduction in fire is more than likely a result of the rather cold and wet Dry it has been in the tropical north thus far.

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