martes, 19 de junio de 2012

NASA: Fires - US - High Park Fire in Colorado - Russia - Siberia Burns

High Park Fire in Colorado
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The High Park Fire, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Fort Collins, Colorado, was discovered just before 6:00 a.m. on June 9, 2012. Started by lightning, the fire quickly grew, fueled by high winds and dry vegetation. By the morning of June 19, the fire had burned more than 58,770 acres (23,784 hectares) and destroyed 189 structures.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at 1:40 p.m. local time (19:40 UTC) on June 18, 2012. Red outlines show the approximate boundaries of actively burning fires. Pyrocumulus clouds—cumulus clouds that cap columns of smoke and appear white—are visible.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz,
Aqua - MODIS

Siberia Burns
acquired June 18, 2012 download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 6200x4800)
Siberia Burns
acquired June 18, 2012 download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 6200x4800)
On June 18, 2012, a total of 198 wildfires burned across Russia and had charred an area that covered 8,330 hectares (32 square miles). Many were in central Russia, where firefighters have battled uncontrolled fires for months.
The latest flare-up prompted Russian authorities to declare a state of emergency in seven regions, including the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous area, the Tyva Republic, the Sakha Republic, Krasnoyarsk, Amur, Zabaikalsky, and Sakhalin.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired these images of numerous fires and heavy smoke near the borders of Khanty-Mansiisk, Krasnoyarsk, and Tomsk at 1:20 p.m. local time (06:20 Universal Time) on June 18. Active fires are shown with red outlines. Numerous fires are burning through taiga in Krasnoyarsk (bottom), and a large pall of smoke to the south covers much of Tomsk (top).
According to Russian authorities, many of the fires started when people lost control of agricultural fires and campfires. However, lightning sparked some of the blazes as well.
According to the environmental group Greenpeace, more land in Russia has burned this year than in 2010, a year that intense wildfires affected western Russia and produced rare pyrocumulus “fire clouds.”
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
Terra - MODIS

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