Wildfires across the Amazon rainforest • Earth.com

Last update: January 22nd, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows fires burning across the Amazon rainforest in the states of Rondônia, Amazonas, and Mato Grosso.

Fires are rare in this region for most of the year due to wet conditions. By July and August, however, dry weather increases the risk of wildfire activity. 

Satellite observations have shown that the overall 2019 fire activity in the Amazon region has been below average compared to the last 15 years.

According to the Global Fire Emissions Database, activity has been above average in Amazonas and Rondônia, yet has been below average in Mato Grosso and Pará.

This image was captured on August 13, 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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