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May 4 12:00:00, 2002JPEG
Heavy smoke hangs in the air over southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula on May 4, 2002. The Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of smoke and scores of fires (red dots).
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.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
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.