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Fires across Cambodia and Vietnam
Agricultural Fires Dot the Landscape in Indochina

These fires in Cambodia and Vietnam that dot the landscape in this diversely and widespread are usually agricultural fires deliberately set by farmers.  Farmers often use fire to return nutrients to the soil and to clear the ground of unwanted plants prior to planting season. While fire helps enhance crops and grasses for pasture, the fires also produce smoke that degrades air quality. 

NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner

Page Last Updated: February 25th, 2014
Page Editor: Lynn Jenner