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SERVIR: Fire images at the Mesoamerican Visualization and Monitoring System

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Fires in Belize: 2007

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The maps below have been generated using MODIS active fire data. 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 2007. The dry season is at its peak and the number of fires is considerable. Savanna Fires in the southern coastal plain are very prominent. Notice the massive amount of fires within the Guatemalan border with cross border fires just inside the Caracol Archaeological Reserve and more prominently in the Chiquibul National Park further south.

Other features:

- Continued fires in the Yalbac area north of Spanish Lookout (Agricultural expansion)

- An apparent fire in the otherwise well protected Gallon Jug Estate

- Continued massive fires in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. These fires raged for well over one month! See image below

Accumulated fires for April 2007. The dry season is now in full swing and the number of fires is considerable. There remains a persistent cluster of fires in the Mango Creek Forest Reserve in the South (Savanna Fires). Notice the fires at the Guatemalan border with cross border fires just inside the Caracol Archaeological Reserve.

Other features:

- A cluster of fires in the Yalbac area north of Spanish Lookout (Agricultural expansion)

- Three clusters of fires in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

Accumulated fires for March 2007. The dry season is only just starting to become serious and there are relatively few fires still. There is a persistent cluster of fires in the Mango Creek Forest Reserve in the South (Savanna Fires). Notice the fires at the Guatemalan border with cross border fires just south of Caracol.

Mountain Pine Ridge Fires on Landsat tm image taken May 11, 2007 (Courtesy of Emil Cherrington - Cathalac). On the day the image was taken approximately 18,000 acres were severely burned. The fires then lasted for another 2 weeks! See analysis further down.


Combining above data (but without field-truthing) it appears that approximately 16,800 ha (42,000 acres) = 40 % of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve burned. See image below.

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.

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