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From: Dan Richter (1:317/3)
To: All
Date: Sat, 12.06.21 13:00
MODIS Pic of the Day 12 June 2021
June 12, 2021 - Fires in Africa



Central Africa’s fire season was off to a strong start in early June

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board
NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image of hundreds of
fires and a shroud of smoke over the region on June 11. Each red hot
spot marks an area where the thermal bands on the MODIS instrument
detected high temperatures. When combined with typical smoke, as in
this image, such hot spots mark actively burning fire.

This image spans about 1,500 miles from the Atlantic coast inland
almost to near the eastern border of Zambia, and includes Angola, The
Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia. Angola appears to have
most of the fires, although the number of hotspots in The Democratic
Republic of the Congo are nearly a match in number. Most of the fires
appear to be in forest or at the edges of forest, although many also
sit in what looks like agricultural patches.

Agricultural burning is a common practice in this region, and many of
these fires have probably been set intentionally to manage crop or
pasture lands. The agricultural fire season in Central Africa tends to
begin in late May or June and peak in August.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 6/10/2021
Resolutions: 1km (249 KB), 500m (887.1 KB), 250m (3 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
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