Fires in Central Africa •

Last update: December 13th, 2019 at 8:00 am

Hundreds of fires were burning in Central Africa south of the Sahara Desert in mid-December 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image centered on the Central African Republic on December 16, and locations where the sensor detected actively burning fires are marked in red. The fires are most abundant in the Central African Republic and in Sudan, upper right, where a pall of smoke hangs over the landscape. Most of these fires have probably been set by people intentionally for agricultural purposes. Though it is not necessarily immediately hazardous, such large-scale burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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