Fires in West Africa
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the western part of Africa on Jan. 16, 2013, and captured many areas of agricultural fires and smoke plumes in several countries.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured the image of smoke and fires at 1410 UTC (9:14 a.m. EST/U.S.). The smoke appears to be a light brown color. The multiple red pixels are heat signatures (red) detected by MODIS. The image is false-colored to make the red areas stand out more. Hot spots in red appear in southern Senegal, southern Mali, southern Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Liberia.
Image: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team
Text: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Rob Gutro