wildfire burning in the Bío-Bío
region of central Chile killed
one man and forced more than 600
people from their homes in the
first days of 2012. Active fire
fronts are outlined in red in
this image taken by the Moderate
(MODIS) on NASA’s
Aqua satellite on January 2.
The large fire is one of several
that MODIS detected near the
cities of Concepción and Chillán.
The wildfire is burning through both commercial pine and eucalyptus forest and native forest. Since igniting on December 31, the fire has destroyed 162 homes and a wood manufacturing plant, said local news reports.
Warm temperatures and dry conditions contributed to the spread of fires throughout Chile in late December and early January. In southern Chile, another large fire burned more than 30,000 acres of native forest in Torres del Paine National Park. Clouds have prevented MODIS from imaging the fire. Though fire conditions are extreme, officials suspect that people started both fires.
Track fire activity in twice-daily images of both central and southern Chile on the LANCE MODIS Rapid Response System.
Note by GFMC:
On Tuesday 29 December 2011 a wildfire started to
spread inside the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
GFMC monitored the situation through local focal points
and media news. Satellite images were not available for
the South Patagonian region of Chile due to permanent
cloud cover. In the region of Bio-Bio the satellite
image of the wildfires burning in native vegetation and
forest plantations near Concepción have been captured on
2 January 2012 (image displayed above). The following
links to reports by the local and international media
provide the development of the wildfire situation until
2 January 2012. Access to the GFMC internal database
will be provide to GFMC partners on request.
Detailed news from the Media:
Chilean fire-fighting helicopter sabotaged amidst forest fires (published by www.santiagotimes.cl, 02 January 2012)
Dad of Israeli suspect in Chile fire: He's innocent (published by www.jpost.com, 01 January 2012)
Equipos en terreno mantienen combate a incendio forestal (published by www.onemi.cl, 30 December 2011)
Red alert set for wildfire in Chile’s Torres del
Paine (published by
www.ilovechile.cl, 28 December 2011)