These true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) images from late 2002 and early 2003 show scattered fires (red dots) burning across Southeast Asia. At upper left on December 12 is Thailand, in the center is Cambodia, and along the right edge is Vietnam. In Thailand, the city of Bangkok appears as a large grayish patch along the coast of the northernmost part of the Gulf of Thailand. In Cambodia, the Tonlé Sap Lake appears deep green and brown. The river running southward through Cambodia and emptying into the South China Sea is the Mekong River. In the false-color imagery, vegetation is green, water is dark blue or black, and burned areas are reddish-brown.
In the false-color images, green is vegetation, black or dark blue is water, reddish-brown is burned areas, and white or light blue is clouds. In Southeast Asia, the seasonal burning will peak in late winter or early spring.