Fires in Africa

Fires in Western Africa

9 December 2009

Agricultural fires burned across much of western Africa in early December 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on 6 December, 2009. Red outlines indicate hotspots associated with high surface temperatures, and the fires range from Côte d’Ivoire in the west to Nigeria in the east. Although most of the fires emit no visible smoke plumes, plumes do arise from blazes in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. South of the fires, tiny clouds trace the coastline.

(source: earth observatory)

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