Fires in East Africa

Fires in East Africa
02 June 2004


Fires were burning across eastern Africa south of Lake Victoria and around Lake Tanganyika on 01 June 2004. The widespread nature of the fires and the time of year indicates that these fires are being set intentionally for agricultural purposes. Though not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning—and the resulting smoke—can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite.

Aqua Satellite

11:30 UTC

Aqua Satellite

11:25 UTC

(Image based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC)

For background information on theFire Situation in Africa see:

RegionalWildland Fire Networks (AfriFireNet) and

IFFN Country Reports on CentralAfrican countries


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