Fires in Mocambique

Dry-season Fires in Mozambique

29 September 2005

The climate of Mozambique is dominated by a wet (November to April) and dry (May-October) monsoon. Fires increase in number, size, and intensity as the dry season progresses. A small number of fires are started naturally, but people start the majority of fires either intentionally for agricultural purposes or accidentally. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image of coastal Mozambique on 28 September 2005, shows hundreds of fires (marked in red) that were detected by MODIS as it passed overhead.

28 September 2005
10:20 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)

True colour: Bands 1-4-3

False Colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a 250m resolution for both scenes

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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