Fires in the Yucatan and Central America

Fires in the Yucatan and Central America
  • Credit:

    Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory

The dry season is drawing to a close in southern Mexico and Central America, but numerous fires were still burning on May 10, 2006, filling the skies with smoke. This image centered on the Yucatan Peninsula, was captured by the MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Places where the sensor detected fires are marked with red dots. Grayish smoke hangs over the scene, drifting northward over the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Data Date:

    May 10, 2006
  • Visualization Date:

    May 16, 2006
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration