GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in East Africa

Fires in Eastern Africa 

19 December 2003

Latest Satellite Images

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 scene shows fires burning in Eastern Africa on 19 December 2003. The NOAA AVHRR shows fires burning in Sudan and Ethiopia on 17 December 2003. 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:

11:15 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
19 December 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).

10:50 UTC (NOAA 16)
17 December 2003


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 Horn of Africa region.
(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)

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:

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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