GFMC: Increasing Wildland Fire Danger in the Horn of Africa Region

Increasing Wildland Fire Danger 

in the Horn of AfricaRegion

21 November 2003

Following the request by the Ministry for Agriculture, Government of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, the GFMC is now providing regular update information on the increasing wildland fire danger in East Africa, especially in the Horn of Africa Region.

The following MODIS scenes of today at 07:50 and 07:55 UTC show fires burning in Ethiopia, and Sudan (upper image) and in the South of Tanzania and in Malawi (lower image).

Further below the satellite-derived vegetation health map and the global fire potential, as well as the weather-based ECPC Africa fire weather index map are displayed.

For more information on drought in East Africa see the East Africa Famine Early Warning Systems Network:

Latest satellite scenes

7:45 – 7:50 UTC                                  10:45 – 10:50 UTC

The four images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) show active fires marked with red dots. All images with resolution of 2 km; click on upper images (Ethiopia, Sudan) for a resolution of 500 m and on lower images (Soutern Tanzania, Malawi) for a resolution of 1 km. (Source: MODIS)

Satellite-derived vegetation health map

The general stress situation is higher this year as compared to 2002. This is an indication of possible fire problems in the country.
(Source: NOAA/NESDIS Current Vegetation Health Image Maps)

Global fire potential

Latest weekly global fire potential product map (upper scene) and
comparison with the situation in the previous month (map below)
(Source: NOAA/NESDIS Experimental Fire Potential Product)

ECPC Africa Fire Weather Index map

To see an animated Fire Weather Index (FWI) map for the period 20.11.2003 (6:00 hrs UTC)
to 27.11.2003 (0:00 hrs UTC) click on the image above.
(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)

Information on the fire situation in Ethiopia: See IFFN special reports at:

Further information on the fire emergency situation in Ethiopia (March 2000) can be obtained at:

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