Smoke from Fires in India – November 15th, 2008
Here we can observe smoke in northern India and northeastern Pakistan. The smoke comes from fires burning further south in India, and has blown along the river and become blocked at the base of the Himalayas.
These fires are intentional, part of the annual agricultural fire season in the states of Punjab (near Pakistan) and Haryana (to the southeast) in the beginning of November. Farmers set the fires in order to clear fields for new plantings.
Even though the fires usually are not a direct threat, the widespread burning can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.