Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team:
NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-14 AVHRR HRPT satellite image, 16 January 2001.
Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue) are visible from fires burning in Argentina.
Fires in Argentina continue to burn in the transition between pampa and dry forest ecosystems.
Large fires have been reported repeatedly by the GFMC:
Report about wildland fire fighter fatalities on 8 January 2001.
First reports of the large fires in Argentina were provided on 12, 13, 15, 21 and 29 December.
For fire background information see: Pre-publication of the Argentina Country Report “Forest Fire Situation in Argentina” for the FAO Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000).
For further remotly sensed images see the GFMC archive: Brazil and Neighbouring Countries, and Argentina.