The Indonesian island of Borneo (top) is barely visible beneath a blanket of smoke from numerous fires burning there—the smoke is so thick in fact, that the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) that captured this image had trouble pinpointing the active fires (red dots). Inspection of previous images shows the abundance of fires. At the bottom of the image is Java.
Haze from fires is thick over the Indonesian island of Borneo in late summer and fall 2002. Scores of wildfires (red dots) were detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instruments on the Terra and Aqua satellites.
Thick smoke buried the island of Borneo on October 12, 2006. The fires had been burning for several weeks, creating transportation and health problems across the region. Fires are common in the dry season, despite the Indonesian government’s efforts to control illegal burning.