Fires in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo

Fires in Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo

27 June 2006

Hundreds, possibly thousands of fires, were burning across Central Africa on24 June 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. The sensor collected this image and detected actively burning fires, which are marked in red. Smoke is particularly thick in the northwest (upper left) part of the image. Fires stretch eastward all the way from Angola’s Atlantic Ocean coastline (left) to Lake Tanganyika (upper right).

24 June  2006

(source: EarthObservatory)

The widespread nature of the fires and the time of year suggests that people are setting many of these fires for agriculturalpurposes. Though not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact onweather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

The high-resolution image provided above has a spatial resolution of500 meters perpixel.

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