Smoky Haze Covers Angola14.2S 17.8E
Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-June, 2012, as the annual fire season heated up across the region. Here, a heavy, smoke-filled haze blankets Angola, particularly in the upper left quadrant. Upon opening the full image, individual blazes can be pinpointed amidst the cloud of smoke.
Although lightning is sometimes a cause of fires in this region, it is highly likely that most of the fires visible here are agricultural in origin. This is because the fire season is an annual event in this region, as residents burn scrub, brush and woody savanna to open land for farming, for hunting and to drive away pests. Fire is also used on agricultural land to renew pasture grown and remove crop residue.