GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in West Africa

Fires in West and Central Africa 

10 December 2003

Latest Satellite Images

10:55 UTC (Terra Satellite)
9 Dec 2003

13:10 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
8 Dec 2003

12:55 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
10 Dec 2003

11:30 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
8 Dec 2003

These images were captured 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 Africa’s Sahara Desert begins to increase. Fires, marked with red dots, are probably due
to land clearings. The images show the countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin,Nigeria,
Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan.

For background information on theFire Situation in Africa see:

RegionalWildland Fire Networks (AfriFireNet) and 
IFFN Country Reports
on various african countries.

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