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Fires in Mexico and Central America
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On April 28, 2002, scores of wildfires were still burning in Southern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, blanketing the region with smoke. Fire detection and imagery were acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite.
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.