Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Bushfires are still burning in eastern Victoria. Smoke drifted across Melbourne today. Here's a shot from one of the outer western suburbs at 4.30 pm. The forecast is for more of the same—hot and dry—for the rest of the week. And probably beyond.

The most recent shot from NASA's MODIS Terra satellite shows the plume drifting west across Port Phillip Bay (far left of picture). For those not familiar with this part of the world, Melbourne lies on the northern edge of the bay.

The Gippsland fires have burnt out almost 1,000,000 hectares of state forest.


budak said...


Duncan said...

Just back from a week away and heard that it is total devastation in the high country, nothing left but ash.

Snail said...

It's awful, Budak. I'm a long way from the fires and have nothing at stake. I cna't imagine what it must be like for folk who live in that area.

Sometimes you wonder whether it's ever going to rain again!