The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected hundreds of actively burning fires (marked in red) when it passed over Southeast Asia on March 27, 2007. Both accidental forest fires and intentional land-use fires (such as fires for clearing brush) are common in the area during the dry season. The smoke from these fires is a health and transportation hazard.
You can download a 250-meter-resolution KMZ file of the Southeast Asia fires for use with Google Earth.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.
- Aqua - MODIS