GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in West and Central Africa

Fires in West and Central Africa 

30 December 2003


Latest Satellite Images

13:30 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
29 Dec 2003

11:50 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
29 Dec 2003

10:10 UTC (Aqua Satellite)
29 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 landclearings.

Latest OSEI/NOAA Image

IMAGE D36301: NOAA-16 LAC Channels 3, 2, 1<> 12/29/2003 11:56 UTC <>Multichannel color composite<>Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, and Congo (Democratic Republic)

Heat signatures (red), burn scars (dark green to charcoal), and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, and Congo (Democratic Republic).
Source: OSEI/NOAA

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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