Wildfires

Out of control fireball blasts burn the small town to the ground, Australia

A catastrophic "tumbling wave" of wildfire devastated a small town in southwest Australia and burned over 58 000 hectares of bushland on the evening of January 7, 2016 (local time). Residents were evacuated and several firefighters sustained injuries while...

January 08, 2016

Severe heatwave conditions spark fires across southern Australia

Severe to extreme heat conditions have wrapped southern Australia as a hot air mass settled across the region since December 17, 2015. A number of fires have wreaked havoc across the affected areas and firefighters struggle to contain them. Extremely hot conditions...

December 20, 2015

Wildfire raging across Bastrop County, Texas, state of emergency declared

Dry and hot weather conditions which have been prevailing across the US Plains for a few months, have combined with strong winds and record October heat to trigger strong wildfires over the last couple of days. In response to the situation, Texas Governor Greg...

October 16, 2015

Wildfires continue to burn across the West US

Kaniksu, the Grizzly Complex and the Little Joe wildfires continue to burn across several states across the West US. NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, onboard Aqua satellite, captured the fires across across Washington,...

September 30, 2015

California wildfires leave 6 people dead, nearly 1600 homes destroyed in two of the biggest

Nearly 1 600 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires in California - Butte and Valley fires - making them among the worst ever in state's history, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday, September 20. At the same day,

September 21, 2015

65 000 acres burned down in only a few days, as wild fire blaze spread across northern California

An explosive wildfire which started on September 8, 2015, has forced 2 700 residents across the northern California to evacuate by September 11. A state of emergency was declared by California Governor Jerry Brown, as more than 1 500 firefighters have been dispatched ac

September 12, 2015

Situation in and around Lake Baikal close to catastrophic

Massive wildfires are burning around Rusia's Lake Baikal - world's largest and oldest freshwater lake - for the last month and a half, and the situation is now close to catastrophic. But as if that wasn't enough, experts are saying underwater lake habitat

September 05, 2015

Series of wildfires in Northern California continue blazing

There are at least five fire complexes currently burning in California: River, Fork, South, Route and Mad River.The Mad River complex is a series of seven lightning fires that started on July 30, 2015 after a lightning storm moved through Northern California. After init

August 05, 2015

Wildfires raging across the drought-striken California: 1 person dead, thousands of acres burnt

A 4 year drought period has provided an ideal platform for raging wildfires that have ignited the grounds of the state of California, as of July 29, 2015. As wildfires are spreading, further devastating the drought-stricken grounds, evacuations are being ordered across

August 02, 2015

Huge wildfire breaks out near Athens blanketing it in thick smoke, Greece

A huge wildfire has broken out on the outskirts of Mount Hymettus, near capital Athens, Greece on Friday, July 17 rapidly spreading over mountainsides overlooking the city and blanketing it in thick smoke.The fire started around 09:00 UTC (12:00 local time) and grew mas

July 17, 2015

Significant increase in radiation in Chernobyl exclusion zone, heavy wildfires still raging

Nuclear inspectors in Ukraine have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a result of heavy wildfires raging in the close proximity of crippled nuclear power station.Radioactive element cesium-137 in the air has reached a level c

July 02, 2015

New round of severe weather to hit southern Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued new severe weather warnings for parts of southern Australia today, January 12, 2015. After a week of severe bushfires, South Australia has been hit particularly hard by heavy rain which started affecting the country on T

January 12, 2015

Extensive scorching of Amazon forest for agriculture still continues

The International Space Station (ISS) flew over several Amazon forest fires following the major highway BR 163. Those fires are used to clear patches of forest for agricultural purposes. This process is used to grab rich red-brown soil from forest for agriculture.Fires

September 22, 2014

Record breaking temperatures cause largest wildfires in 40 years, Sweden

Fast-growing fire has consumed Västmanland, Sweden, since July 31 and grew to become the largest Sweden has seen in 40 years. As of August 8, it had charred more than 150 square kilometers (60 square miles), killed one person, and forced thousands to

August 09, 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014, as the annual fire season continues across the region. Multiple red hotspots, which indicate areas of increased temperatures, are heavily sprinkled across the Congo (northwest), Angola (south), the Democrat

July 26, 2014

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds above Funny River Fire seen from space

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds, also known as pyroCb events, are thunderclouds formed when superheated air rises above an intense fire. They are the most extreme manifestation of a pyrocumulus cloud, accompanied by hail, lightning, and strong winds and can loft

May 23, 2014

Early wildfires season around Lake Baikal, Russia

Temperatures around Russian Lake Baikal have skyrocketed in the past few weeks to 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees F) prompting outbreaks of fire. Temperatures in this region are usually cooler until late July/early August when the bulk of the wildfires in

May 20, 2014

Massive wildfires in California as seen from space

An intense heatwave coupled with the Santa Ana winds lead to an outbreak of multiple wildfires throughout California this week. Most of those wildfires originated from the Bernardo Fire, which had ignited on May 13, 2014. In just 24 hours t

May 16, 2014

Worldwide fires from 2000-2013

Between 2000-2013, the MODIS instrument was able to monitor fires across the world.   Agricultural and prescribed fires are shown in dark red. More intense fires are shown in orange and the most intense are shown

August 09, 2013

10-day Global Fire Map: July 20 - 29, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from July 20  - July 29, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

July 30, 2013

Living with Fire: The Southern California Wildfire Risk Project

Southern California's fire ecology is unlike that of anywhere else in the United States. Fire control strategies developed for mountain forests don't have the same results here. So can science help uncover new answers to help those communities manage and

July 27, 2013

10-day Global Fire Map: July 10 - 19, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from July 10  - July 19, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

July 22, 2013

Massive wildfire still raging near Palm Springs, California

A wildfire that broke out in a remote part of the Los Padres National Forest, California (US), on July 15 is still spreading. Evacuations have started on the first day as flames consumed over 500 acres of trees and brush within several hours. Air tankers and

July 21, 2013

Global 10-day Fire Map: June 30 - July 9, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 30  - July 9, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

July 10, 2013

Canada and US wildfire smoke crosses the Atlantic Ocean

Smoke lofted above the part of the atmosphere closest to the ground (the boundary layer), where topography has a significant impact on winds, is spreading farther than smoke that remains trapped near the surface.  Intense fires in Canada produced

July 04, 2013

Global 10-day Fire Map: June 20 - 29, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 20  - June 29, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

June 30, 2013

Global 10-day Fire Map: June 10 - 19, 2013

This fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 10 - June 19, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during the

June 28, 2013

Smoke plumes from North American wildfires over Spain

Massive wildfires in US and Canada produced smoke plumes that drifted over the Atlantic Ocean and reached Europe in late June 2013. MODIS satellite imagery shows smoke plumes hovering over Spain and the western Mediterranean Sea on June 26-27,

June 27, 2013

West Africa veiled by dust and smoke

Dust from the Bodélé Depression, in the Sahara Desert, blows southwestward towards Lake Chad, and can also be seen south of the lake. The lower portion of the image is also covered by a hazy veil, although this is due to fires in Chad and the Central African Republic

January 20, 2013

Bushfires rage across Tasmania

The Tasmanian Fire Service has declared a total fire ban on January 7/8. North-West coastal communities were put on high alert, triggering a number of evacuations, as 80km/h winds drove the Montumana fire towards their towns last night. Major fires continue to burn

January 09, 2013

Haze continues to spread across Northern India and Bangladesh

Smoky haze spreads from northern India eastward into Bangladesh, filling the lowlands south of the Himalayas and valleys along rivers such as the Brahmaputra, in northeastern India and Bangladesh (flowing westward from right edge and then southward). The Ganges River,

December 19, 2012

Smoke continues to plague India and Bangladesh

Smoke from agricultural fires continues to plague northern India and its eastern neighbor, Bangladesh. On the image bellow you can see the smoke which is in fact thickest over the latter state, obscuring much of the land below, although the mouths of the Ganges are

December 13, 2012

Haze continues to spread over northeastern China and Bohai Sea

Haze continues to loom in the air over northeastern China. The hazy veil has cleared over the Bohai Sea, but thickened over the plains nearby.Haze is common in this region, often caused by one or more of the following factors: wildfires or agricultural fires,

October 07, 2012

Podgorica, Montenegro in fires and smoke

The air in Podgorica yesterday was again polluted four times higher than normal due to wild fires raging around Podgorica and Montenegro. On August 27, firefighters registered more than 50 fires in the area of ​​Podgorica, which at that time created a ring of fire

August 30, 2012

Large wildfire burned half of Chios Island, Greece

Greek firefighters are battling a large forest fire sweeping across the eastern Aegean island of Chios. A plume of smoke from the blaze blow southwest, reaching as far south as the island of Crete (Kriti).The fire began about a week ago and has been fuelled by strong

August 23, 2012