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Fires in Southeast Asia
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Fires in Southeast Asia

April 25, 2013
Scores of actively burning fires were scattered across Southeast Asia on February 3, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Places in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. These fires are likely agricultural in purpose, and while such fires are not necessarily immediately hazardous, they can have a strong influence on natural resources, human health, weather, and climate. The large image has a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per image pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response Team provides this image (and daily images of this region) in a variety of resolutions. Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center