Fires Near Western Coast of Mexico19.6N 104W
More evidence of Mexico’s extreme 2011 fire season can be observed in this image of western Mexico, in the state of Jalisco. Visible in the upper right quadrant are Lake Chapala and the city of Guadalajara. As one moves west and south of the city and lake, closer to the coast, smoke hangs in the air and numerous fires can be observed.
Part of the reason why this year’s fire season has been so extreme is that the very wet 2010 rainy season caused increased grass growth, which in turn has dried and provided much fuel for fires. Hot, dry conditions coupled with winds have allowed the fires to spread throughout the country.