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Thick Smoke Across Central Africa

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June 27th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISTerra

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Red and yellow markers indicate the locations of hundreds of fires burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. Smoke from the fires, which were probably set to manage land, creates a hazy veil across the image. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, this air quality-degrading smoke can be dangerous to human and animal health.

Fires West of Lake Tanganyika, DRC and Tanzania – June 26th, 2013

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June 26th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISAqua

DRC, Tanzania, Zambia – June 26th, 2013

Dozens of fires are burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia, in central Africa in late June. The fires, most of which are burning in grass or cropland, are indicated by red markers. Separating the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania is the large Lake Tanganyika. More smoke is visible west of the lake than to its east.

Fires Blazing Across Tanzania and DRC

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June 19th, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

DRC and Tanzania – June 19th, 2013

Hundreds of fires can be seen burning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (left) and Tanzania (right), west and east of Lake Tanganyika. Such blazes are set every year during the dry season in Central Africa. Residents burn away scrub and brush annually in the woody savanna to clear land for farming and grazing.

Fires in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia

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June 3rd, 2013 Category: Fires MODISAqua

Central Africa – June 1st, 2013

Hundreds of fires can be seen west of Lake Tanganyika (above) and Lake Malawi (right center), in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (upper left quadrant) and Zambia (lower left quadrant). Red markers identify the locations of the individual fires, although many individual plumes of smoke can also be discerned, mostly blowing towards the west.

Hundreds of Fires Across Democratic Republic of the Congo

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May 23rd, 2013 Category: Fires

Democratic Republic of the Congo – May 23rd, 2013

Hundreds of fires burning across the Democratic Republic of the Congo release plumes of smoke that blow towards the northwest. Most of the fires are burning in grass or cropland. The location, widespread nature, and shear number of fires suggest that they were deliberately set for land management by farmers desiring to return nutrients to the soil and clear away unwanted plants.

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