Images such as this one from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite captured on July 18, 2005, make it clear why scientists often call Africa the burningcontinent. Africans have used fire for thousands of years to manage their agriculturallands, and the area of the continent experiencing widespread fire shifts with theseasons.
This image shows the area west and south of Lake Tanganyika(upper right). It shows parts of Democratic Republic of Congo (top and center),Zambia (lower right), and Angola (lower left). Active fires detected by MODISare marked with red dots.