Forest Fires in Chile

08 January 2014


The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board of Aqua satellite acquired these images of the fires in Central Chile and part of its burn scar on 07 January 2014.
In the natural-color image (top) no burn scar can be seen, however smoke is visible drifting west.
In the false-color image (bottom), unburned vegetation appears green, while unburned areas are red. Actively burning fires are orange.
(Images
selected, edited and interpreted by GFMC)
Source: Earth Observatory, NASA

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this view of the fires and smoke in Central Chile on  07 January 2014. Red boxes outline the active fire areas detected by MODIS.
 (Images selected, edited and interpreted by GFMC)
Source: Earth Observatory, NASA

Image aquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra Satellite (morning swath) of Central Chile on 07 January 2013 where large smoke plumes can be seen drifting west.
(Images selected, edited and interpreted by GFMC)
Source: Earth Observatory, NASA

In early December, bushfires started ravaging the hills surrounding Valparaiso, puting in danger hundreds of homes in the Chilean coastal city. Between December 2013 and January 2014 over 40 fires started and razed thousands of hectares due to high temperatures and high winds present in all the Regions affected. Red alert was given to five Regions.

Image aquired by  the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite showing Argentina and Chile affected by an intense two-week heatwave on 19 - 26 December 2013.
Source: Earth Observatory, NASA

This map shows land surface temperatures between 19 - 26 December 2013, compared to average temperatures for the same period from 2000 - 2012. Nearly the entire country of Argentina and a big part of Central and Southern Chile were much warmer than normal, with some locations more than 15°Celsius above average. This explains how prone were and are these areas to fires in the season 2014.

 

Recent Media Reports on Fires in Chile: 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):

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


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