Wildfires in the Brazilian Rainforest Creating Cross Country Smoke
Fire season has arrived in the Amazon rainforest. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of several fires burning in the states of Rondonia, Amazonas, Para, and Mato Grosso on August 11, 2019. In the Amazon region, fires are rare for much of the year because wet weather prevents them from starting and spreading. However, in July and August, activity typically increases due to the arrival of the dry season. Many people use fire to maintain farmland and pastures or to clear land for other purposes. Typically, activity peaks in early September and mostly stops by November. NASA/UPI
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