Fires and Thick Smoke over South America

Fires and Thick Smoke over South America

5 October 2007

At 3 October 2007, the MODIS satellite image shows thick smoke overSouth America caused by intense fires.

source: EarthObservatory)

Although naturally occurring fires can occur in the savannas and dry woodlands of southern Bolivia and northern Paraguay, this type of intense, widespread burning is likely the result of human activities. Agricultural fires (for example, fires for brush or crop-residue clearing) can get out of control and spread to surrounding forests and other natural areas. Thick smoke is hanging over much of the scene.

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