A handful of fires in the BÃo-BÃo region of Chile were detected by the MODIS on NASA's Aqua satellite on January 13, 2007. The largest of the fires (outlined in red) are near the coast, south of the Itata River.
These large fires are about 10 kilometers northeast of the cities of ConcepciÃ³n and Talcahuano, which are veiled by a smoke from the south. At the time of this posting, the cause of the fires was not known. The smaller fires in the area around Los Angeles could be agricultural fires, but the larger, smoky fires are more likely to be natural or human-caused forest fires.