Scores of fires were smoking across Sumatra (center) on June 8, 2003, trailing smoke across the Strait of Malacca, which separates Sumatra from Malaysia to the north, and also over the the Indian Ocean (bottom left). This image of active fire locations (red dots) was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.
Image courtesy Jesse Allen, based on data from the MODIS Rapid Response Team.
A thick cloud of smoke pours from forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Forest fires are common in Indonesia during the hot, dry months of the dry season, which runs from June to September.