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Wildfires Near White Nile, Sudan – April 12th, 2010

10.5N 28.5E

April 12th, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

Sudan - March 5th, 2010

The White Nile River can be observed here as it flows through part of Upper Nile, one of Sudan’s 26 wilayat (or states). Several fires are burning near the river, releasing trails of smoke that blow to the west-southwest.

Sudan’s dry season starts two to three weeks after the rains end in the northern parts of the country, i.e. November to April/May. Tall and short grasses are increasingly desiccated during the dry season. Increased wildfire hazard is associated with low humidity, high fuel loads and the presence of moving graziers.

Annual wildfires are common and spread rapidly due to northeast winds and flat terrain. This is the case in central, western and southern Sudan. Repeated fires occur if the hot dry weather continues, i.e. late rains.

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