Northern Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the western Africa on Jan. 11, 2013 and captured many areas of agricultural fires and smoke plumes in northern Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Some of the fires appear to be burning in Mole National Park north of Lake Volta, and in Digya National Park, west of the lake.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured the image of smoke and fires at 1050 UTC (5:50 a.m. EST/U.S.). The multiple red pixels are heat signatures detected by MODIS. The smoke appears to be a light brown color. The image is false-colored to make the red areas stand out more.
Image: NASA Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Text: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rob Gutro