Fires  in United States

Fires in the United States

23 March 2007

Fires in the Southern United States

On 20 March 2007, the southern United States was scattered withnumerous fires. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured thisphoto-like image and fire detections, which are marked with red dots. Some ofthe fire detections appear only as “hotspots,” places where MODIS detectedunusually high temperatures, while other fires are producing obvious smokeplumes. An especially smoky group of fires was occurring near theFlorida-Georgia state line.

21 March 2007

According to the March 20 daily situation report from the SouthernArea Coordination Center of the National Interagency Fire Center, themajority of the fires in the Southern United States so far this year have beenhuman-caused (accidental, arson, or prescribed) rather than lightning-caused. Atthe time of this image, most of the large fires being monitored by the SouthernArea Coordination Center were prescribed fires—fires set intentionally byforest service or other land managers to improve vegetation conditions or reducethe risk of fire later in the season.

The large image provided above has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of500 meters per pixel.

(source: EarthObservatory)

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