The Amazon Is Still Burning – Here Is How You Can Monitor It

Photograph: Christian Braga

The Amazonian story of deforestation is far from over and the battle to contain forest fires deliberately set by cattle ranchers has been bolstered by the speeches and beliefs of President Jair Bolsanaro. The fires, set mostly by cattle ranchers have been used to deforest land and develop a revenue stream for Brazil in the meat industry. The dry season increased the number of fires, intensified by human-driven climate change.

Nasa’s FIRMS system (Fire Information for Resource Management System) is an open-source data capture system used for monitoring fires in real-time, including the Amazon (pictured below).

NASA’s FIRMS system
South America coloured almost entirely in red caused by forest fires.

Stanisland has compiled a map of Amazon forest fires in real-time using NASA’s open-source MODIS system, part of the NASA FIRMS project. We will be adding to the map regularly to offer more locations of forest fires worldwide.

Hotspot next to a deforested area registered by Prodes (Brazilian Amazon Satellite Monitoring Project), in Nova Maringá, Mato Grosso state. Photograph: Christian Braga
Photograph: Christian Braga
Forest remainders burning in an area registered by the last Prodes (Brazilian Amazon Satellite Monitoring Project), in Juara, Mato Grosso state. Photograph: Christian Braga