Fires in Northern Madagascar14.4S 48.9E
Fires in northern Madagascar release smoke that is then carried westward and northwestward by winds. The number of fires burning in and around forests in the northeastern part of Madagascar has reportedly increased during each burning season over the last two years.
The rise in burning corresponds to an especially dry year and continued illegal logging of the region’s biologically-rich rainforests. Madagascar was once covered almost completely by forests, but slash and burn practices for dry rice cultivation has denuded most of the landscape, especially in the central highlands.