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Fires in the Yucatan
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Fires in the Yucatan

April 30, 2006

On April 18, 2006, MODIS captured an image of numerous fires burning over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and northern Central America, including Guatemala and Honduras.

The actively burning fires are marked in red. At lower right, clouds mingle with smoke over the Gulf of Honduras. At lower left, bright sunlight glints off the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

February to May is the dry season in this part of the world, and these fires may be intentional agricultural fires set by people to prepare for the upcoming growing season.