9:00 UTC (Terra Satellite) 11:55 UTC (Aqua Satellite) These images were captured on 04 December 2003 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). They are provided with resolution of 2 km and 500 m respectively. (Image courtesy of MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC).
As Northern Hemisphere autumn progresses toward winter, fire activity in the Sahel and savannas just south of Africas Sahara Desert begins to increase. Fires, marked with red dots, are probably due to land clearings, mostly in Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan.
For background information on theFire Situation in Africa see: