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Fires in Mexico and Central America
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This image from May 5, 2002, shows more than a hundred fires (red dots) burning in Mexico and Central America.This image was captured by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite.
In Mexico, the fires appear to be ocurring in greater concentration along the Pacific Coast.
Please note that the high-resolution scene provided here is 500 meters per pixel. For a copy of this scene at the sensor’s fullest resolution, visit the MODIS Rapidfire site.
The burning across the Mexican and Central American landscape throughout April has continued into May. On May 22, 2002, there were still scores of fires burning in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.