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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Thu, 27.05.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 27 May 2021
May 27, 2021 - Fire in the Philippines



Streams of blue-gray smoke floated over the West Philippine Sea in late
May 2021, stretching more than 120 miles (193 km) from the island of
Luzon, Philippines where multiple hot-spots marked actively burning
fires. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on
board NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this true-color image of the smoky
scene on May 25.

The peak agricultural fire season, in which landowners set fires to
manage land or clear forest to put into agricultural use, typically
begins in early February and lasts through mid-May. Deforestation is a
significant concern in the Philippines as is the impact of smoke to
human and animal health across the region. According to Global Forest
Watch, using only high-confidence satellite alerts, there have been 286
fire alerts reported so far in 2021. They also state that this total is
low compared to the total for previous years going back to 2012. The
most fires recorded in a year was 1,927 in 2016.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 5/25/2021
Resolutions: 1km (33.8 KB), 500m (105.9 KB), 250m (312.1
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

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