In central Africa, hundreds, possibly thousands of fires were burning in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia on June 10, 2006. This image of the area from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows locations where the sensor detected active fires marked in red. Widespread agricultural burning such as this is common in Africa, and it is not necessarily immediately hazardous. Nevertheless, the fires and smoke can have a significant impact on climate, human health, and natural resources.
Widespread fires throughout Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo from late May through July 2006 indicate that the annual burning season is underway. The most recent image shows burned areas on July 30.