Severe Drought and Fires in Australia

December 2015 - January 2016



On January 7, 2016, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the fire. Red outlines indicate hot spots where VIIRS detected warm surface temperatures associated with the fire. On January 6, 2016, lightning triggered a fire which overran Yarloop, a small town destroying 128 homes and 41 other structures, including bridges and community buildings, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Two Yarloop residents were killed and four firefighters were injured. As of January 11, 2016, the fire had charred 71,410 hectares (276 square miles). Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov (Retrieved 22 January 2016).

 

On 16 January 2016 the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite acquired this false-color view of the burn scar. Unburned vegetation appears red; burned vegetation appears brown. Buildings, roads, and other developed areas appear light gray and white.
Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov (Retrieved 27 January 2016)
 

On 13 January 2016, a lightning storm ignited more than 70 fires on Tasmania, including this one that devasted over 22,000 ha of the islands central high plateau. The plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two-thirds of the species found there endemic. Pictured above, are burnt cushion plants near Lake Mackenzie in late January. Photograph: Rob Blakers
Source: www.theguardian.com (Retrieved 29 February 20169

 

Wildland Fire related news from the Media: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly - a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):


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