Wildfires in Algeria

Wildfires in Algeria

During August 2012, numerous wildfires burned throughout pine and cork oak forests in northern Algeria. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of fires burning across the Tell Atlas mountain range on August 25, 2012. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with the fires. Wildfires have burned in the region since June due to the same heatwave that has fueled fires in Spain and Portugal. The fires had destroyed 64,000 hectares (160,000 acres) of orchards and 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres) of cereal crops by August 23, but Algeria appeared to be on track for a bumper harvest nonetheless.

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  • Data Date:

    August 25, 2012
  • Visualization Date:

    August 27, 2012
  • Sensor(s):

    Aqua - MODIS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration