An explosive fire in Kruger National Park in the northern Republic of South
Africa has killed at least 21 people and injured several others, perhaps
fatally. This true-color image from NASAs Moderate-resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer (MODIS) shows the location of that fire and several
others in the region indicated in red.
Kruger National Park runs along the border of The Republic of South
Africa, which takes up most of the western half of the image, and
Mozambique, which takes up most of the eastern half. The deadly fire
started on Tuesday, September
4, and burned just to the right of the center of this image, near the
town of Skukuza. The fire spread rapidly in the winds that blow across
South Africa at the end of the regions dry season.
This image, made from MODIS data acquired on September 5, shows the
perimeter of the fire burning and emitting heavy smoke. An irregularly
shaped burn scar stands out in dark brown against the landscape,
indicating the extent of the fire. What appears to be another large burn
scar can be seen just to the southeast.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC