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Read more about fires in Belize's forest ecosystems.

SERVIR: Fire images at the Mesoamerican Visualization and Monitoring System

Click here to view and build customized maps of active fires in Mesoamerica through SERVIR and MODIS.

Fires in Belize: 2006

Thus far, the dry season has been "mild". Possibly as a result of record rainfall in January.

The maps below have been generated using MODIS active fire data. Click the images for a larger file (gif). Green lines represent protected areas boundaries.

The MODIS active fire data are produced by the MODIS Rapid Response System, a collaboration between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC) and the University of Maryland (UMD).

Accumulated fires for May 2006. Notice the continued abundance of fires ot the Guatemalan side of the border with incursions inside the Vaca Forest Reserve and the Columbia River Forest Reserve.

Notice also the continuing fires along the Macal River near the Chalillo hydro facility. Pine forest fires in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve and near 1000 ft falls.

The dry season ended rather early with heavy rains (8") in the Stann Creek District and near Belize City around the 24th. Elsewhere rains were milder but sufficient to halt further fires. In all a very mild dry season.

Accumulated fires for April 2006. Notice the abundance of fires ot the Guatemalan side of the border. In Belize notice fires along the Macal River and in the southern lobe of the Columbia River Forest Reserve.

Accumulated fires for March 2006. The dry season is only just starting to become serious and there are relatively few fires still. Notice the fires at the Guatemalan border.


For images that are updated every few hours, go to this Colorado State "Real-time Satellite Rainfall and Fire Products for Central America" site.

Read more about fires in Belize's forest ecosystems.

Compare with 2003 fire season

Compare with 2005 fire season

Click here to view and build customized maps of active fires in Mesoamerica through SERVIR and MODIS.

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