Forest Fires in Portugal  

03 September 2013


 

 This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the Carmulo fire on 29 August 2013. The fires are outlined in red, and dense smoke was drifting west over the Atlantic Ocean.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory

Several wildfires burned in Portugal in late August 2013. The largest was in the Caramulo Mountains of central Portugal, where five firefighters lost their lives on August 30. The fires are outlined in red, and dense smoke was drifting west over the Atlantic Ocean. More than 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres) have burned in Portugal in 2013.

 

 

Image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite showing fires raging in Portugal on 27 August 2013 at 11:55 UTC. The areas in red are abnormally warm surface temperatures
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).

These fires have taken the life of a female and 3 male firefighters so far. Overwhelmed by the blazes, the Government of Portugal had to ask France and Spain for aid in the combat of the forest fires.

This image, was taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite. It shows fires burning in Portugal on 22 August 2013 at 11:35 UTC. The areas in red are abnormally warm surface temperatures
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).

 

Fire in the Portuguese island of Madeira that forced to evacuate a hospital and houses, and needed the intervention of 130 firefighters.
Image taken by the
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite, on the 17 August 2013.
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC).

 

Recent Media Reports on Fires in the United States: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to fire@fire.uni-freiburg.de). The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly - a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):

For more reports see GFMC Media page: http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/media/news.htm


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