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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 – a 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.


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