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Southcentral United States

November 3, 2010
October 30, 2010, proved to be a clear, sunny day in the southern United States, giving the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite this cloud-free view of the ground. The sensor detected several fires burning in Louisiana and Arkansas, particularly on the Mississippi River plain. The fires are marked in red. Both Louisiana and Arkansas are in drought, and fire bans are in place in both states.

In Louisiana, all fires have been banned since October 2. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry reported that more than 483 wildfires had burned 6,000 acres in the dry conditions between October 1 and October 29.

Several counties in Arkansas also instituted a ban on fires, including many of the counties in the Mississippi River alluvial plain, the tan area on either side of the river. MODIS detected dozens of fires in the floodplain. Given the dry conditions and ban on fires, the majority of the fires seen in the image are likely wildfires.


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