A visual representation of Australia’s devastating fires

Research – Analysis and Data Visualization by Thanassis Troboukis


To change the viewing angle of the 3D map, press Ctrl and drag the mouse in the desired direction.


Fires in Australia are estimated to have burned 107,000 square kilometers, nearly the size of mainland Greece (132,049). 28 people died and more than a billion animals killed in wildfires that have been burning the country since autumn 2019.

The map shows a three-dimensional representation of the locations most affected by the fires as NASA tracks them in satellite images. The highest column represents 18,424 fires covering an area of approximately 2,500 square kilometers from October 1st, 2019 to January 6th, 2020.

Source: Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS).

The static map records wildfires detected by satellite images from October 1st, 2019 to January 6th, 2020.

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