Fires in Argentina fueled by unusually dry conditions -

Fires in Argentina fueled by unusually dry conditions

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features wildfire smoke over northwest Argentina on November 27, 2022. Most of the fires, which are represented by red dots, are burning in Salta province.

Flavio Speranza is a forestry engineer at Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). He said the fires were burning across several forested ecosystems – subtropical forests at low and middle altitudes, and montane forests on mountain slopes.

Speranza noted that almost all wildland fires in the region are caused by human activity. He said that so far in 2022, Argentina has seen a notable increase in fire activity due to a prolonged period of unusually warm, dry weather. 

The natural-color image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/ Lauren Dauphin

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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