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 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: http://www.fews.net/east/
Latest satellite scenes
7:45 – 7:50 UTC (Terra Satellite)
10:35-10:40 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
The images were captured on 30 November 2003 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). Active fires are marked with red dots. All images with resolution of 2 km and 500 m respectively (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
Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for tomorrow.
(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)