Fires in Guatemala Fires (red dots) in Mexico and Guatemala are spreading thick smoke over theregion and northward over the Gulf of Mexico. This image of the fires wascaptured by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terrasatellite on 17 April 2003.The high-resolution image provided above is 500meters per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides this image atMODIS maximum spatial resolution of 250meters.
The GFMChas noted that fire activities in the lowlands of Petén, Guatemala, have pickedup again. There are no press or CONRED reports available, the web-basednewspapers have closed due to Easter holidays.
Duringthe last emergency in March 2003 the GFMC had forwarded the emergency situationreports to the UNEP-OCHA Joint Environment Unit, Emergency Services Branch,Environment Emergencies Section (EES), FAO, the German Foreign Office, Officefor Humanitarian Assistance, and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation(Germany and Guatemala). GFMC had provided information to FAO Guatemala aboutprocedures to initiatea request through OCHA. Meanwhile the FAO is negotiating with Guatemala on aTechnical Cooperation Programme (TCP) in fire management.
Inaddition the GFMC had contacted the WHO concerning humanitarian assistance withregards to smoke pollution.
Earliersatelliteimages and other information of the fires in March 2003:
Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events Information on protection of people from vegetation fire smokecan be found in the guidelines document. Please enter the document through theGFMC portal at: https://gfmc.online/programmes/un/who/who.html
Regional Mesoamerica Wildland Fire Network: Regional andnational widland fire status reports The website of the regional Mesoamerica network contains a largenumber of national and regional analyses on wildland fire, including thesituation in Petén, Guatemala: https://gfmc.online/GlobalNetworks/MesoAmerica/MesoAmerica.html