This image, acquired by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, shows several large, smoky fires burning south of the Orinoco River on March 26, 2024. Brown areas in the northern part of the image are part of the Llanos, a mostly treeless savanna covered with seasonally flooded grasslands and cattle pastures. The green areas in the southern part of the image are rainforests that span the fringes of the Guiana Highlands, a plateau that covers the southern half of Venezuela.

Smoke Blankets Venezuela

Drought and heat have fueled unusually high numbers of fires in the South American country during the first three months of 2024. View the full story

Credits: NASA Earth Observatory / Michala Garrison