Fires in East Africa

 Fires inEast Africa

6 July 2005


Latest satellite scenes from fires burning in eastern Africa:

Fires were burning across central Africa south of Lake Victoria and aroundLake Tanganyika on 6 July 2005. The following images were captured by the ModerateResolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).The widespread nature of thefires and the time of year indicates that these fires are being setintentionally for agricultural purposes. Though not necessarily immediatelyhazardous, such large-scale burning—and the resulting smoke—can have astrong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.


TERRA
6 July 2005
8:35 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)


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True colour: Bands 1-4-3


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False colour: Bands 7-2-1


AQUA
6 July 2005
11:25 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)


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True colour: Bands 1-4-3


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False colour: Bands 7-2-1

The widespread nature of the fires and the time of year indicates that thesefires are being set intentionally for agricultural purposes. Though notnecessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning—and the resultingsmoke—can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and naturalresources.

 Following the satellite-derived vegetation health map forAfrica and the weather-based ECPC Africa fire weather index map are displayed.

Satellite-derived vegetation health map:


The general stress situation is lower this year as comparedto 2004.
(Source: NOAA/NESDISCurrent Vegetation Health Image Maps)

ECPC Africa Fire Weather Index map:


Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for 6 July
(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)


Fire Weather Index (FWI) forecast for the next week
(Source: ECPC Fire Weather Index Forecast)

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