Fires in USA

Fires in the Southern Plains

8 April 2008

On 6 April 2008, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning across the Southern Plains states of Kansas and Oklahoma.

6 April 2008

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(source: earth observatory)

Locations of fires are outlined in red, and dark brown burn scars make geometric shapes across the surrounding, beige (fallow) landscape. The fires may be to prepare the farmland for spring planting of corn, which often begins in mid-April in the region. Green areas in the left side of the scene may be winter wheat.

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