Fire Activities in Guatemala and Neighbouring Countries
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Fires in Mexico and Central America
On April 20, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image of fires burning across the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America. The fires, marked in red, are billowing thick smoke, which has pooled into the nooks and crannies of the rugged terrain. The smoke is stretching northward over the Gulf of Mexico.
Situationon Tuesday, 22 April 2003
The GFMChas noted that fire activities in the lowlands of Petén, Guatemala, have pickedup again. There are no press or CONRED reports available, the web-basednewspapers have closed due to Easter holidays.
Duringthe last emergency in March 2003 the GFMC had forwarded the emergency situationreports to the UNEP-OCHA Joint Environment Unit, Emergency Services Branch,Environment Emergencies Section (EES), FAO, the German Foreign Office, Officefor Humanitarian Assistance, and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation(Germany and Guatemala). GFMC had provided information to FAO Guatemala aboutprocedures to initiatea request through OCHA. Meanwhile the FAO is negotiating with Guatemala on aTechnical Cooperation Programme (TCP) in fire management.
Inaddition the GFMC had contacted the WHO concerning humanitarian assistance withregards to smoke pollution.
Earliersatelliteimages and other information of the fires in March 2003:
Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events Information on protection of people from vegetation fire smokecan be found in the guidelines document. Please enter the document through theGFMC portal at:
Regional Mesoamerica Wildland Fire Network: Regional andnational widland fire status reports The website of the regional Mesoamerica network contains a largenumber of national and regional analyses on wildland fire, including thesituation in Petén, Guatemala:
Sistema Nacional de Prevención y Control de Incendios Forestales(SIPECIF)