Scattered clouds have done little so far to quench scores of fires burning in southern Mexico and Central America in early May 2005. The region is at the tail end of its several-month-long annual dry season, and fires have been burning and billowing smoke on and off for more than a month. In this image of the area captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on May 8, active fires are marked in red. Fires are numerous in the mountains along Mexico’s western coast and right near the border of Mexico and Guatemala (down and to the right of image center).
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.