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Fires in the Yucatan and Central America

Fires in the Yucatan and Central America

The dry season is drawing to a close in southern Mexico and Central America, but numerous fires were still burning on May 10, 2006, filling the skies with smoke. This image centered on the Yucatan Peninsula was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, and places where the sensor detected fires are marked with red dots. Grayish smoke hangs over the scene, drifting northward over the Gulf of Mexico.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the Goddard Earth Sciences DAAC.