In the summer of 2012 a series of fires burned the Cerrado savanna in northeastern Brazil. The savanna lies along the Gurgueia River and divides agricultural lands and portions of the Atlantic Dry Forest. 

Landsat imagery illustrate conditions before, during, and after the fires. The magenta tone of the August 17 and September 18 images shows the progress of the fires in the savanna and the smaller fire outbreaks in the nearby agricultural and forest lands. The October 4 image, acquired after the major burns, shows the natural rehabilitation of the savanna grasslands. 

The Landsat data provide regional officials with perspectives for measuring and monitoring the effects of the fires and the rate of change after the fires.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013