People in Madagascar seasonally burn the grasslands and savanna-type vegetation of interior Madagascar as part of their agricultural land management practices. Over two millennia of habitation, human exploitation of the islands natural resources, including the imposed fire regime, has transformed the plant and animal communities of Madagascar. This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite on 17 August 2005, shows scores of fires (red dots) scattered across the island.
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(Image courtesy MODIS)
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Though intentional agricultural fires are not necessarily immediately hazardous, they can have strong negative impacts on human health and natural resources.