Hundreds of fires are burning across Indonesia • Earth.com

Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows thick smoke lingering over wildfires across Indonesia.

Although most of the fires were set deliberately to clear land for farming, the dry conditions this year are exceptionally dangerous for human health and the environment.

The regions of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, and Sumatra are covered in a blanket of smoke that is moving across parts of Southeast Asia.

According to news reports, many schools have closed and several airports have canceled or delayed flights in recent weeks.

This image was captured on September 15, 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

 

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