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Fires Along Coast of Southern Mexico – April 26th, 2013

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April 26th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Mexico – April 25th, 2013

Dozens of fires burned across southern Mexico in late April, covering the region with a gray haze. Red “hotspots” dot much of the coastal plain, each indicating an area where the thermal sensors detected temperatures higher than background. When combined with typical smoke plumes such areas indicate actively burning fires. These fires may have been set to clear forest land for planting, as in southern Mexico forests often fall under intense pressure from forest clearing.

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