A World On Fire, As Seen From Space

Over the past few days, hundreds of wildfires in Laos, Burma and Thailand have grown so large that their smoke can be seen from space.

In this image taken by NASA today, you can see each fire marked in red, and smoke hovering over everything. NASA explains:

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite passed over head and captured this image. Scores of active fires (red outlines) were detected. During the winter dry season, intentional fires for agriculture, brush clearing, and trash disposal are common in Southeast Asia. Intentional fires also get out of control, however, and some of these fires could be accidental forest fires.

Here are more fires in India, below. This image was also taken today.

Fires in India via NASA, and fires in Laos via NASA.