Fires on Melville Island

Fires in Mozambique and Tanzania

5October 2006

East of where Lake Malawi fills one of the many cracks in the earth that mark Africa’s Great Rift Valley, scores of fires were burning on1 October 2006. The winds at the time of this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite were pushing smokesouthwest, creating a grayish haze over the western part of the image. 

1 October 2006

The fires are scattered across southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique, places where the peak seasonal burning typically occurs in September or October. African savanna fires are mostly caused by humans for agricultural activities such as clearing pasture or cropland or driving game. Although the fires are not necessarily immediately hazardous, the frequency and wide extent of the burning can have strong influence on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

(source: EarthObservatory)

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