GFMC: Africa

Fires in Guinea
26 April 2004

Dozens of smoky fires were burning in the western Africa country of Guinea(center) on April 20, 2004. This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aquasatellite. Yellow dots with red outlines mark the location of active fires detected by MODIS. Guinea is approaching the end of its dry season(December-May), when dry, dusty winds blow across the country from the Sahara Desert out toward the Atlantic. These winds are known as harmattanwinds, and they can fan the flames of brush and agricultural fires, creating naturalhazards. Source: EO

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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