Fires in Africa

 Fire Season in Central and Southern Africa

2 August 2005


The annual southern Africa burning season is fully underway in late July 2005. Each year, farmers and herders set fire to fields and grasslands to create soil-fertilizing ash, stop woody shrubs from encroaching on grasslands, and stimulate new plant growth.The continent is on fire from coast to coast for several months a year. 


AQUA
1 August 2005
12:00 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)
AQUA
1 August 2005
12:05 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

The links provide a 500mresolution for both scenes

This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the immense spatial scale of the seasonal burning in SouthernAfrica. Thousands of active fires were detected by MODIS; their locations are marked with red dots. Though these fires are not necessarily immediatelyhazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, humanhealth, and natural resources.

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