Fires in Central America

Fires in Central America

25 March 2005

Fires in Central America

The following MODIS scenes show fires burning in Central America. The images are from Aqua Satellite.

Aqua satellite

24 March 2005

19:00 UTC

Aqua satellite

24 March 2005

18:55 UTC

NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center 


Fires in Central America

On March 22, 2005, dozens of fires were burning across southern Mexico and several Central American countries when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on Aqua captured this image and detected actively burning fires, which are marked with red dots. It’s not possible for MODIS to tell what type of fire is burning, but many of these fires probably have agricultural purposes: clearing land for planting or to renew pasture grasses. However, a particularly smoky, high concentration of fires in the northwestern corner of Guatemala are located in the Laguna Del Tigre (Jaguar Lake) National Park, and are likely natural or human-caused forest fires.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.


On 24 March 2005 smoke was visible in Southern Mexico due to a large number of fires in Guatemala. The smoke is travelling northeast into the Gulf of Mexico. 

Credit: NOAA/NASA, Source: 


For further information on Nicaragua, see GFMC-Media Updates:


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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