SA broadcaster implements new fire map

SA broadcaster implements new fire map

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South Africa, 6 June 2006: South Africa’s Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research has announced that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be implementing fire map on television as part of its weather reports.

The fire map, implemented on June 6 at 17:30, developed jointly by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and power utility Eskom Holdings, will show active fires throughout South Africa as detected by satellites over the preceding 12 hours. Each dot on the fire map shows an active fire varying in size from 200m to 1 000m. Active fires are detected using data from the Moderate Resolution Image Spectro radiometer (MODIS) sensor on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites.