Forest Fires

Introduction to satellite products and services for the management of forest fires

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Screenshot of the Sentinel Hub EO Browser displaying information about forest fires in Honduras.

UN-SPIDER and the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster 

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22/07/2020

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Space-based applications driving fire early warning and monitoring systems

Wildfires in Greece near Kineta captured by the Sentinel 2 satellite on 23 July. Image: Copernicus.

The summer of 2018 has seen several severe wildfires across Europe and the world. A number of space-based applications and data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Union’s Copernicus programme, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) are supporting authorities in fighting the fires.

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Mon, 30/07/2018 - 14:56

International Charter activated for forest fires in China

Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for forest fires in China on 4 June.

Wildfires have broken out in the mountainous region of the northern Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. A prolonged period of high temperatures and dry conditions fuelled the forest fires, which have spread to over 5,000 hectares due to high winds.

Strong and changing winds have made firefighting treacherous and over 4,000 people have been deployed to tackle the fires.

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Tue, 05/06/2018 - 09:59

Satellites detect multiple forest fires in India

Western Ghats mountain range

Satellites detected multiple forest fires in India in the midst of a deadly forest fire which killed at least 14 trekkers in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu which began on 11 March.

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Wed, 21/03/2018 - 15:15

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NASA shows Indochina and Central Africa covered in fires

Image courtesy of NASA.

NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) collected natural-color images from Central Africa and Indochina, where farmers prepare their land for seasonal planting by deliberately setting fire. Fire is used to return nutrients to the soil and to clear the ground in these parts of the world. Although it helps enhance the crops, it produces smoke that plays a significant role in the seasonal air pollution, as it degrades the air quality.

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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 01:47

Forest fires in Chile, the International Charter has been activated

Forest fires in Chile. Image courtesy of NASA.

A state of emergency has been declared on 26 January 2017 in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in its modern history. The fires began in mid-January and spread quickly because of this year’s especially hot and dry summer in South America. The blazes are furthermore amplified by strong winds, high temperatures and a lasting drought that Chile has been experiencing in the last 6 years.

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Wed, 01/02/2017 - 02:47

CONAE assessing the extent of forest fires in Argentina

Hotspots related to the forest fires in January 2017.   Courtesy of CONAE.

Argentina’s National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE) is contributing to the assessment of the forest fires in the Rio Negro, La Pampa and Buenos Aires provinces in Argentina.  Researchers at the Unit for National Emergencies (CAEARTE) in the Teofilo Tabanera Space Centre of CONAE in Cordoba are generating maps depicting those regions affected by the forest fires.  The forest fires began at the end of December 2016.  The MODIS satellite imagery of 4 January 2017 allowed researchers to estimate that nearly 910,000 hectares have been affected by forest fires.  The International Charter

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Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:21

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NASA researchers assess the connection between wildfires and drought in Africa

Agricultural fires near the Niger River delta. Courtesy of NASA.

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States, have been investigating the connection between wild fires and droughts in sub-Saharan Africa using satellite data from NASA’s NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission.

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Tue, 10/01/2017 - 23:15

Charter activated for forest fires in Argentina

Charter activated for forest fires in Argentina

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 5 January 2017 at the request of the National Civil Protection Secretariat of Argentina (SIFEM) due to wild fires in Buenos Aires, the Central province of Pampa and the southern province of Rio Negro.

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Sat, 07/01/2017 - 01:19

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