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Fires in Southeastern Mexico

17.3N 94.2W

May 8th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires in Mexico - May 7th, 2009

Fires burning in southeastern Mexico create widespread clouds of smoke over valleys, particularly in the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tasbasco. Part of the Yucat√°n Peninsula can also be seen to the right.

Two main clusters of fires are visible in the main image: one on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the land area where the distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean is shortest, and one to the southwest on the Guerrero-Oaxaca border.

These fires were probably set by people to clear land for agriculture and logging and fueled by the lack of dampness at the end of Mexico’s dry season, which runs from November to May.

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