Fires in Central Africa
Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa, and smoke and fires were detected by NASA's Aqua satellite. Most of the fires were burning in the southern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and throughout Zambia. Scattered fires were spotted in Mozambique and Angola.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke and fires burning in central Africa on May 20, 2012 at 1140 UTC (7:40 a.m. EDT/U.S.). The multiple red pixels are heat signatures (red) detected by MODIS. The smoke appears to be a light brown color.
Image: NASA Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Text: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro