Fires in Central America

Fires in Central America

28 April 2004

The following MODIS scenes show fires burning in Central America on 27 April 2004. Images are from Aqua Satellite, which crosses over the region at approximately 1:30 pm local mean solar time.


Guatemala/Belize/El Salvador


(Image courtesy MODIS, prepared by the
Mesoamerican Monitoring and Visualization System (SIAM)

Taken from the Mesoamerican Web Fire Mapper, maps of active fires in the Region are displayed for the date of 26 April to 28 April 2004.

(Source: Mesoamerican Web Fire Mapper, use this link to zoom in on different countries)

On 24 April 2004, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite captured this image of southern Mexico and numerous fires (red dots) burning the region around Lake Chapala (top, left of center).

The widespread nature of the fires, the time of year, and their location (generally located away from natural vegetation, which appears deeper green) suggests that these fires are being set intentionally for agricultural purposes. Though not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

(Image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC)

For additional information on the Region see Country Archive for:

Central America and Mexico



South America


As well as the Regional Mesoamerica Wildland Fire Network

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