Fires in Chile

Wildfires in Chile

8 January 2012

DLR’s Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) used RapidEye satellite imagery to quickly map the extent of the fire damage. The map shows a RapidEye image from January 7, 2012. Fire hot spots indicated on the map are mapped using MODIS data from January 3 and 4, 2012. The extent of the burnt area is approximately 16,900 ha. The extent of the burnt area was derived through semi-automatic image analysis of RapidEye data aquired on February 6, 2011 and January 7, 2012. Map Copyright ©: DLR / The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information 2012

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:

    – Glaciers go, leaving drought, conflict and tension in Andes

See also Chile Update of 5 January 2012 and Chile Update of 2 January 2012.

Detailed news from the Media:

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