Fires in Kaukasus

 Fires intheagricultural districts of Ukraine, Southern Russia and Northern Caucasus

25 July 2005

This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from 24 July 2005, shows several large fires burning in southwesternUkraine around the rivers Dnjepr and Don before emptying into the black Sea andin the lowlands north of the Caucasus range. Between the Black Sea on the west and the Caspian Sea on the east lies Russia’s Southern Agricultural District. The region is one of the major winter grain-producing areas in the country. Winter wheat and barley are planted in the fall and harvested in the summer, usually beginning in June and ending by mid-August at thelatest.

24 July 2005
8:10 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

Click on the scene for a 500m resolution

Fire locations that MODIS detected (marked inred) are probably related to the harvest. For example, farmers may be burning the crop stubble off recently harvested fields in anticipation of the nextsowing.

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