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Fires in East Africa

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.

Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Published February 18, 2003
Data acquired February 2 - 2, 2003

Terra > MODIS
Agriculture > Forest Science > Forest Fire Science
Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Fire Characteristics
Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Fire Occurrence
Biosphere > Vegetation > Reclamation/Revegetation/Restoration
Biosphere > Vegetation > Vegetation Cover
Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Fires
MODIS Rapid Response