Wildfires in Chile
5 January 2012
This image depicted by the MODIS instrument on Terra shows fire signatures (Upper left) and volcanic smoke plume in Chile on 5 January 2012.
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).
This image depicted by the MODIS instrument on Aqua shows fires continuing to burn in Bio-Bio region, Chile, on 5 January 2012.
Today six firefighters have been killed by the wildfires. Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).
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 5 January 2012, including the reports on fatalities on 5 January 2012. Access to the GFMC internal database will be provide to GFMC partners on request.
The wildfires burning in Chile and neighbouring Argentina are fuelled by the current drought and social conflicts. Please see also this essay:
Detailed news from the Media:
SOS staff and children evacuated as forest fires rage in Chile (published by www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk, 05 January 2012)
Chilean Church launches campaign for forest fire victims (published by www.catholicnewsagency.com, 05 January 2012)
Sudden shift in Chilean wildfire kills 6 firefighters, badly burns 2; 1 still missing (published by www.washingtonpost.com, 05 January 2012)
Argentina pilot fighting forest fire survives crash (published by www.heraldsun.com.au, 05 January 2012)
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)