Nearly 300 Square Miles Burned in Coahuila, Mexico Fire
Almost 300 square miles have burned in the fires raging in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this image of forest fires burning in Muzquiz, Ocampo and Ciudad Acuña in the Coahuila state of northern Mexico. Muzquiz is a municipality and Ocampo and Acuña are cities in Coahuila.
The MODIS image shows the location of the fires (indicated by red outlines or dots) on April 10, 2011 at 17:30 UTC (1:30 p.m. EDT).
According to El Diario news from northern Mexico, President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa is going to visit Coahuila on Tuesday, April 12 to tour the area of the forest fire. The fire has consumed more than 75,000 hectares (289 square miles) of vegetation. El Diario reported that wind gusts to 72 kmh (45 mph) fanned the flames and reactivated the fire in Cerro del Coahuilón.
MODIS data on Terra and Aqua are acquired from each satellite twice daily. These four daily MODIS fire observations serve operational fire management needs while also advancing global monitoring of the fire process and its effects on ecosystems, the atmosphere, and climate. For more information about MODIS fire detection products, visit: › http://modis-land.gsfc.nasa.gov/fire.htm.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Rob Gutro, NASA.