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Agricultural burning is widespread in Africa with fires breaking out in different regions at various times of the year. On January 28, 2014, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image, the Sahel region in West Africa was in the midst of its burning season. Fires are marked with red boxes and smoke hangs over the scene.
NASA image courtesy LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.