Fires in Madagascar

Burning on Madagascar

23 August 2005

Latest satellite scenes from fires burning in Madagascar:

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 island’s 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 NASA’s Aqua satellite on 22 August 2005, shows scores of fires (red dots) scattered across the island.

22 August 2005
10:40 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

Click on scene for a 250m resolution

Along the coast, the island’s characteristic reddish soils run off into the ocean and disperse in a greenish cloud.
Though intentional agricultural fires are not necessarily immediately hazardous, they can have strong negative impacts on human health and natural resources.

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