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Fires in Central Africa
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Fires in Central Africa

April 19, 2013
The agricultural burning season was solidly underway in central Africa on May 18, 2005, when this image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Each red dot in this image marks a location where MODIS detected a fire. Fires are scattered across much of Angola (left), Democratic Republic of Congo (top), and Zambia (lower right). The widespread nature of the fires, their location, and the time of year all suggest that people are intentionally setting most of these fires for agricultural purposes. Though not necessarily hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC