Last update: October 15th, 2019 at 1:07 pm
Dozens of fires speckled the landscape of Columbia (west) and Venezuela (east) in mid-January 2016. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image of the scene on January 17.
The fires seem to be more active around the Caracas and Valencia areas of Venezuela and in the El Tuparro National Park area of Colombia, although fires are scattered throughout the region. A light haze of smoke covers almost all of the two countries, and a heavy shroud of smoke mingles with the cloud in southern Venezuela and northern Brazil. The time of year and the widespread nature of the fires suggests they are primarily agricultural in origin. Agricultural fires are deliberately set by humans in order to manage cropland or pastureland.