NASA captures fires in Mexico from satellites

The Fire Information System for Resource Management (FIRMS), which uses NASA satellites, showed what the current fires in Mexico look like from above.

The Fire Information System for Resource Management (FIRMS), which uses NASA satellites, shows active fires in Mexico. Satellite view of the fires around Mexico. Image: NASA
The Fire Information System for Resource Management (FIRMS), which uses NASA satellites, shows active fires in Mexico. Satellite view of the fires around Mexico. Image: NASA

NASA shared an interactive map showing the active forest fires in the world, in which Mexico was practically on fire. Mexico combats an atypical stage of forest fires that until Tuesday totaled 130, in 20 states, explained the Mexican forestry authorities. Of those 130 fires, 71 are active, 20 are in the process of liquidation and 39 were liquidated in the last hours. Of these, 11 are within protected natural areas.

Mexico combats an atypical fire season in 20 states


It was observed that Mexico concentrated most of the forest fires in America. The states with the most sinister record are Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, although they are also registered in the State of Mexico and in Mexico City, which has seen the levels of pollution soar these days.

The National Meteorological Service also showed on Tuesday a map with heat sources related to forest fires, similar to that of NASA.

According to the National Fire Management Center, in 2019, until May 9, 4 thousand 425 fires have been registered in 30 states, affecting an area of ​​152 thousand 952 hectares.

The months of April and May meet the conditions to intensify the occurrence of fires in forests, forests and other ecosystems, due to heat, low water, lack of humidity in the environment and high concentrations of dry plant material. In addition to human action.

In Mexico City, from January 1 to May 9 of this year, the Mexican capital has registered 445 forest fires, which have affected an area of ​​2,772 hectares. The adult trees of the capital's forests remain intact since the effects are generally on herbaceous and shrubby vegetation.

With these figures, the entity ranked third in the occurrence of forest fires nationwide, just below the State of Mexico that reports 1,174 fires and Michoacán, with 464 fires.

Valley of Mexico under pollution

The fires in the capital and in the neighboring State of Mexico caused higher pollution than usual in the Mexican capital during the last four days. Only last past weekend, in Mexico City there were 16 forest fires, 15 of them already liquidated, and one active in the forested town hall of Magdalena Contreras, in the south of the city.

The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (Came) declared the situation of "extraordinary environmental contingency" in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico due to the high concentration of particles suspended in the air due to the hundreds of fires that the center of the country suffers and the situation meteorological type.

The activation occurred immediately after the last measurement was made at 05.00 local time, when a value of 158 points of the Air Quality Index was registered for PM2.5 particles (less than 2.5 micrometers).

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