Photo Story: The fire in Western Australia from Space

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A handout photo made available by NASA Earth Observatory of a satellite image showing of fire and smoke in southern Western Australia, Australia, 05 November 2019 (issued 07 November 2019).

The fire burned in the Goldfields region, about 230km northeast of Norseman. According to NASA, the fire follows what has been a dry winter and spring, leaving vegetation prone to burning and the fire danger high.

Experts say the dryness is a result of the Indian Ocean Dipole, which can affect rainfall and temperatures across Australia.

Photo: EPA-EFE/NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY HANDOUT

See also: Record Number Of Fires In New South Wales

Fire in Western Australia

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