On January 3, 2015, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of smoke from the Adelaide Hills fire. As of January 5, fire had destroyed or badly damaged 26 homes. With temperatures forecast to soar as high as 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) in the next few days, firefighters are concerned conditions could worsen.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (2015, January 2) Heatwave and strong winds increase fire danger for southern Australia. Accessed January 5, 2015. The Australian (2015, January 5) Crews race against time to fight Adelaide fires as conditions worsen. Accessed January 5, 2015. BBC (2015, January 5) South Australia bushfire: Firefighters warn of worsening weather. Accessed January 5, 2015. South Australia Country Fire Service (2015, January 5) Warnings and incidents. Accessed January 5, 2015.
NASA image from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
Instrument(s): Terra - MODIS