Fires in East Africa

Fires in East Africa
  • Credit:

    Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

North of Lake Victoria in eastern Africa (large lake in center), fires (red dots) were scattered across the savanna in February 2003, and were detected in these images captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.

Lake Victoria straddles the border between Ugando (north) and Tanzania (south, with Kenya to its northeast. At top left and right are Sudan and Ethiopia. At left is a portion of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Between DRC and Tanzania are Rwanda (top) and Burundi (bottom).

In the false-color images, vegetation is bright green, naturally bare soil is pinkish tan, burn scars are reddish brown, water is dark blue or black, and clouds are light blue or white.

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  • Data Date:

    February 2, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    February 18, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration