This fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 10 - June 19, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during the compositing period. Color ranges from red where the fire count is low to yellow where number of fires is large. The active fire locations represent the center of a 1km pixel that is flagged by the MOD14/MYD14 Fire and Thermal Anomalies algorithm as containing one or more fires within the pixel.
Fire maps created by Jacques Descloitres. Fire detection algorithm developed by Louis Giglio. Blue Marble background image created by Reto Stokli.
Global 10-day fire maps are generated using the MODIS fire locations to represent the current fire activity around the world. We can clearly see that Africa is currently experiencing very increased activity in its southern parts and Madagascar, as well as China and parts of Amazon rainforests in South America and Lower US states and Central America. Increased activity is seen in Indonesia, Russia, northern parts of Australia and eastern Europe. The major sources of fires are agricultural fires and raging wildfires.
Featured image: Global fire map for June 10-19, 2013 (Credit: LANCE/EOSDIS/FIRMS)