Fires in Central America and Southern Mexico • Earth.com

Last update: June 19th, 2019 at 12:00 am

On March 1, 2003, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite detected widespread fires (red dots) scattered across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize (to the southeast), Guatemala (to the southwest), El Salvador (center, west coast), Honduras (center, east coast), Nicaragua, and the northern part of Costa Rica (bottom right). At upper right is the Caribbean Sea, and at lower left is the Pacific Ocean.

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

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