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.
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"
about fires in Belize's forest ecosystems.
Compare with 2003
2005 fire season
here to view and build customized maps of active
fires in Mesoamerica through SERVIR and MODIS.
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