Widespread Burning in Africa

22 June 2005

The following scenes and informations are showing wide spread burning activities in different regions of the African continent on 21 June 2005.

Each year, thousands of fires burn across southern Africa beginning in May and ending in late August or early September. Between February and March, rainfall begins to shift from the savannas of southern Africa to areas north of the tropical forests in the continent’s interior. By May, agricultural fires are usually widespread across southern Africa savannas, but are months away from reaching their peak, which usually occurs in late August or early September. These are agricultural fires that people use to clear and renew pasture or farmland. While they are not necessarily immediately hazardous, such fires can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources. (source:

21 June 2005

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21 June 2005

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    Source: MODIS, all scenes 21 June 2005

ECPC Fire Weather Forecast
The GFMC displays selected and daily updated Africa Experimental Climate Prediction Center (ECPC)  Fire Weather Forecasts. These examples allow a quicklook and provide daily and weekly total forecasts. For background information refer to the ECPC products description page.

FWI for 23 July 2005  FWI for next week

(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)

See also Earth Observatory: Fires in Central Africa.

For background information on theFire Situation in Africa see:

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