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Fires in Southern Chad and Central African Republic

15.4N 18.7E

December 20th, 2012 Category: Fires

Chad and Central African Republic – December 19th, 2012

Many fires can be seen burning in southern Chad (above) and the Central African Republic (below). Although hard to distinguish from the smoky haze of the region in the thumbnail, in the full image most plumes of smoke appear to be blowing towards the southwest.

Also visible in the upper left quadrant as a small, golden tan circle is Iro Lake (French: Lac Iro), a cyclically occurring lake in the Moyen-Chari Region in southeastern Chad. The lake is about 100 kilometers north of the border with the Central African Republic. It is nearly circular, 13 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide. It fills in the summer and autumn months from the eastern arm of the Bahr Salamat, which forks seven kilometers southwest of the lake. During the dry season it can completely run dry.

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