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Fires in Colorado and New Mexico, USA

36.9N 106.5W

June 24th, 2013 Category: Fires, Volcanoes MODISAqua

USA – June 24th, 2013

Several wildfires can be seen burning in the forests of Colorado (above) and New Mexico (below), USA, in this image. Winds are carrying the thick plumes of smoke towards the northeast. In the full image, another blaze can be seen west of the Carrizozo lava field.

Large Plumes of Smoke from Wildfires Near James Bay, Canada – June 22nd, 2013

51.9N 78W

June 22nd, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Sediments MODISTerra

Canada – June 22nd, 2013

Several large fires can be seen burning in Quebec, east of James Bay (left edge), in Canada. The fires are releasing thick plumes of white smoke that blow mostly towards the east. James Bay appears brown in color due to sediment washed in from numerous rivers.

Fires Burning Across Angola

13.6S 17.6E

June 20th, 2013 Category: Fires VIIRSSuomi-NPP

Angola – June 19th, 2013

Many fires can be seen burning across Angola, mostly in areas of grass or cropland. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land Рa strategy often used by farmers to return nutrients to the soil and clear the ground of undesired plants. Although this type of field clearing is the easiest and most cost effective for the farmer, helping enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also have negative effects: smoke that degrades air quality.


Fires Blazing Across Tanzania and DRC

6S 29.5E

June 19th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

DRC and Tanzania – June 19th, 2013

Hundreds of fires can be seen burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left) and Tanzania (right), west and east of Lake Tanganyika. Such blazes are set every year during the dry season in Central Africa. Residents burn away scrub and brush annually in the woody savanna to clear land for farming and grazing.

Fire in Sierra Nevada Foothills, California, USA – June 18th, 2013

37.3N 119.7W

June 18th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 17th, 2013

A plume of smoke from a wildfire burning in the wooded foothills of the Sierra Nevada, east of California’s Great Central Valley, can be seen just to the right of the center of this image. The smoke from the fire is blowing towards the south-southeast, trailing over the valley.

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