Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features smoke lingering over the state of Jalisco in western Mexico.
Jalisco is known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and bustling cities like Guadalajara.
Fire season in Jalisco typically occurs during the dry season, which runs from November to May. During this time, the risk of wildfires is higher due to the combination of dry vegetation, low humidity, and high temperatures.
The fire season peaks between March and May, when the conditions are driest and the temperatures are highest. However, it is important to note that fire season can vary from year to year depending on weather conditions, such as the intensity and duration of the dry season.
According to Mexico’s National Forestry Commission, the state of Jalisco had tallied 491 forest fires by April 27, 2023.
“In recent weeks, fires have caused poor air quality throughout the state, including in population centers such as Guadalajara and Zapopan. One blaze that started on March 27 in the municipality of Tala led to the evacuation of more than 500 nearby residents,” said NASA.
“The Jalisco state government has ramped up resources to combat wildfires, according to a recent statement. In addition to controlling forest fires, firefighters were also deployed to grassland and undergrowth blazes.”
The image was captured on April 30, 2023 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Editor
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