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Fires in Central Africa

Fires in Central Africa

Hundreds of fires are set every year during the dry season in Central Africa. This true color image from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) shows dozens of smoke plumes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on June 29, 2000. Residents burn away scrub and brush annually in the woody savanna to clear land for farming and grazing.

For more information, visit the SeaWiFS Home Page,
Global Fire Monitoring Fact Sheet, and
4km2 Fire Data

Image Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE