Fires in Central America

Fires in Mexico and Guatemala

13 May 2008

Scores of fires (locations marked in red) were burning in Mexico and northern Central America on 11 May 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead and captured this image.

13 May 2008

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(source: earth observatory)

Fires are widely scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula to the west of a bank of clouds. Farther south, a large patch of dense forest spans the Mexico-Guatemala border. Fires cluster around the southern perimeter of the forest patch. The fires in the mountains of central Guatemala are especially smoky.

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

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